Photographer Tim Flach puts the viewer up close and personal with animals in his series titled, “More Than Human.” The viewpoint is intimate to say the least.
Here’s a quote from the artist:
“The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, is certainly one of degree and not of kind. We have seen that the senses and intuitions, the various emotions and faculties, such as love, memory, attention, curiosity, imitation, reason, etc., of which man boasts, may be found in an incipient, or even sometimes in a well-developed condition, in the lower animals.”
We live in an unbalanced relationship with our animal friends on this planet, relying on them for food, labor, entertainment, and companionship. I often hear vegetarians say that “animals are my friends, and I do not eat my friends!” Of course, the carnivore trait is ingrained in our history and culture. I wouldn’t expect lions to stop eating gazelles, but I do think it’s a good idea to at least question our relationship with animals. The more we learn about the brains of animals, the more we realize how similar they are to us. As Tim pointed out, they have consciousness, fear, curiosity, and a host of other emotions we identify as prototypically human.
Seeing the animals photographed in this intimate way destroys the artificial boundary placed between us.
Find more from Tim Flach at his site.