Culture shapes the meaning of every animal encounter. In the 21st century, habitat destruction and species extinctions affect the sense of what animal encounters mean to us. For people today, to encounter an animal whether in the wild, in a zoo or in an aquarium is to experience a living creature that needs protecting. While I acknowledge the truth of that meaning, I want to engage at a more transcendent level.
This project captures the animals I watch in aquariums, where I withdraw from human time and concerns and drift toward their otherness, where I immerse in the awe and wonder that nature inspires in us.
The physicality of each animal discloses different forms, shapes, colors and forces. Faced with the the acrobatic gyrations of the otter, the glittering armor of the sucker fish, the sinuous grace of the belugas, the winglike sail of the ray and the shocking grace of the hippo, I am transported to a place of reverence.