Daniel Kukla's Photographs of Enclosed Animal Landscapes


Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Daniel Kukla, who despite the storm in New York City still managed to find the time to give me permission to run the above photo, has this gallery titled Captive Landscapes, showcasing the artificial habitats created for animals in zoos.

We, as humans, go to great lengths to satisfy our desire for a connection with the natural world, especially in our interactions with wild and exotic animals. Zoos are the primary site for this relationship, but they often obscure the conflicts inherent in maintaining and displaying captive wild animals. In this series, I photographed the interiors of animal enclosures at 12 different zoos across the U.S and Europe. These images invite the viewer to question the role of these constructed habitats, and explore the motivations behind collecting, preserving, and controlling the natural world.



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