Two Zoo 2015
I like visiting the zoo, no matter where we are in the country, you get a diversity of creatures and see different behaviour in each one. This set, uses images from two zoo visits.
As a frequent visitor to Chester Zoo, since I was a small child in a pushchair, I was shown how important a good zoo is for the continuation of the features in our world. The animals are very well looked after and have many new areas with newly designed habitats in the constantly evolving zoo. A little bit of background, the zoo was opened in 1931 by George Motterhead, who was an avid collector of lizard and various animals. It’s an amazing 51 Hectares in size. In 2017 it was named best Zoo in the UK and 3rd in the world. It’s expanded to the amazing adventure of The Islands, which was partially destroyed by fire but is gradually being rebuilt.
The second is Colchester Zoo. A smaller zoo which opened in 1986, this was a first visit but it has a charm of its own being divided into themed areas makes it fun to explore. The animals being given enriching gifts to explore and find food. The evolving habitats from the older style to new ones was in the process of updating the zoo. Theres a mix of animals in the some enclosure, as it would be in the wild, enriching the lives and creating companionship. There are several in the set but I’ve focused on just three. Rhinos are rapidly declining in numbers due to poaching. The image of the mother, Emily & baby Lottie. The Sumatran Tiger in an amazing environment giving it space and companionship. The another big cat Napo, the Jaguar. a stunning creature. both highly endanger animals and always great to catch a glimpse of.
I have processed several images from this visits. The main focus for the set was to encourage people to have a greater understanding of the need for humanity to think more about the survival of all the creatures in our world before they’re gone. Zoos help save creatures from the brink of extinction.
I wanted to show that our world must protect the threatened species. I used textures to created the natural environment background and added the earth as a way of making the animals stand out from the background adding to the story. I love circles in my work especially when working with a squares canvas. They have approx 25 layers each.