Do they resemble us or we resemble them? A photo series inviting us to question our relationship with animals
Wikipedia says that anthropomorphism is the attribution of human form or other characteristics to anything other than a human being. And I think that’s one of the most imaginative and empathetic things we do: we see faces and gestures and symbols in things, and most of all, in animals. We want to recognize ourselves in the world outside and we project what we know and how we are in places where they don’t exist. But doing that makes our lives more playful. And it helps us relate better to animals for example. And this is precisely what London-based photographer Tim Flach is counting on. His More Than Human photo series is an eye-candy with a twist.
The tiny details, the position of their bodies, a certain look – these animal photos are all about making us question differences and similarities between us and them. For example, Flach told The New York Times Lens he deliberately captured the back of the chimp’s body (below) to provoke his viewers to question the similarities and differences between their own bodies and the chimp’s. The whole series is so simple and full of details, real textures and human hints, meant to make us question our relationship with animals and perhaps to remind us we’re animals ourselves and we forgot that.
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