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Expressions

This photo was taken at the Seneca Park Zoo at the orangutan exhibit. I found myself unable to leave this exhibit for a long period of time as I watched the interactions among the animals and the incredibly human-like expressions they showed. This photo depicts many design elements mentioned by Helmer, including the texture of the vegetation and the animals’ skin, the framing within the frame of the photo by the exhibit’s enclosure, as well as the depth of field with the fore, middle and background. This image also conveys a strong effect on the viewers. While we have no way of communicating directly with these animals, we are still able to see and understand many of their actions and expressions because they are so similar to those we exhibit ourselves.

Claire

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Lisa
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Claire,

I love the subtleness of this photograph. The expressions of the animals convey the feeling of companionship, warmth and secrecy. The window serves as a frame as if we are voyeurs merely peaking in on a hidden world of their own.

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