AAlthough Anthropomorphism has many common explanations, it is mainly the attribution of human behavioral or morphological characteristics of animals. As professional wildlife photographer, I am passionate about monkeys. In certain species such as geladas, colobus or vervet monkeys, I tend to find strange morphological or behavioral similarities to humans. Fascinated by their attitudes, I spend hours watching them interact in groups.
In this collection, I chose the "shades of blacks and whites" style to better focus on these similarities. Eyes, hands, and body language translate many emotions and feelings that human beings are capable of, and I perceive this discovery as both fascinating and confusing. Despite these similarities, I am aware that it is certainly my imagination that plays tricks on me and that an animal remains above all things, an animal. The reaction of a wild animal is totally unpredictable. I often choose to display a primary anthropomorphism, which I also refer to as simply “primary”. Nevertheless, I am constantly aware of myself, the subject being photographed, and the environment. I take precautions to stay away from the animal’s safe area; I take no risks.
There is a certain fact which I will not dispute; we certainly seem to have evolved from a sort of monkey. The similarities in behavior are far too visible and disturbing in some species.
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