If Animals Could Talk

If Animals Could Talk is an attempt to point directly at our struggle as humans to connect with non-human animals. In these images people are the ones caught in the artificial environment that zoos and aquariums create to enhance the experience of viewing animals. Animals are often behind well lit panes of glass and we the viewer in darkness to create a movie screen effect. We pause in front of each display just long enough to see, or not see, the animal and then move on to the next simulated experience in much the same way a visitor to a museum looks at artworks on a wall. The images in If Animals Could Talk are printed on transparencies and presented in light boxes to mimic this effect. In these images people are captured in a state of perplexity, looking at animals that no longer seem real. They now are the ones put within a frame to be looked at by the viewer who is now looking at animals, both human and non-human, further blurring the lines of our own "animality".

If Animals Could Talk
If Animals Could Talk
If Animals Could Talk
If Animals Could Talk
If Animals Could Talk
If Animals Could Talk
If Animals Could Talk
If Animals Could Talk
If Animals Could Talk