Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A Trip to the Zoo

This birthday trip to the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison you may recognize.

Before we see any real animals, we are greeted by faceless orangutans--the fantasy of becoming bestial.

Zoo I


The Althouses are not here to pretend; we are here to capture the real thing.

Zoo XV


Another mother-son combo, however, gets its thrills from imagining. The mother's skirt whips up slightly, moving with the woman's excitement over a son she feels may grow up to be 9 1/2 feet tall.

Zoo XII


An Amish family is drawn to this zoo, perhaps because it is a form of entertainment not primarily based on electricity. The glass to the primates serves as a gigantic television screen.

Zoo VII


One boy drifts away from this family and ponders our species' place amongst the primates.

Zoo III


Meanwhile, the primates dream of life beyond the glass.

Zoo VI


As I photograph a feeding giraffe...

Zoo VIII


...its partner begins to question the integrity of our voyeurism.

Zoo IX


It's hard to communicate and keep an intimate relationship, when you live onstage:

Zoo XIII


Someone, call the zookeepers, an animal has escaped!

Zoo X


Finally, the faceless ones wave goodbye. "It's been a pleasure having you," they say as we return to city.

Zoo XVI

6 Comments:

Blogger Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Beautifully done, Chris. Incisive and hilarious.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Gorgeous pictures! How do you get the colors so vibrant?

7:40 PM  
Blogger Christopher Althouse said...

Thanks. I often adjust the enhance the color on my computer program. I could probably get them to look better if I had PhotoShop.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Wickedpinto said...

I refuse to make the transition to digital.

35mm, is so much more deep, even if the automatic lenses are a pain in the ass.

11:45 PM  
Blogger Wickedpinto said...

BTW, you have that picture of the Giraffe seeming challenging you, I have a picture, somewhere, of my Japanese girlfriend Shino feading a camel.

the funny thing is that, I don't know if it is the male or the female, but one of them has a gland under their tongue that expands, it's REALLY VERY INTIMIDATING! if you see it. And one of the camels became jealous of Shino, and excercised dominance, or property.

I have ONE picture of the camel with the swolen gland flowing out of their mouth, or maybe under their chin, I can't recall (I took a lot of pictures I never developed into photo's, but I keep the negatives)

But I DID have the photos of shino running away from the camel developed.

I'm just that kinda guy :)

I can appreciate art. but I LOVE pictoral humiliation of friends.

I'm a guy. :)

2:02 AM  
Blogger Wickedpinto said...

BTW, in the Second Pic, is the blond on the right side staring at the camera. . . .is that your Ma's?

She's all mouth breathing and confused, I kinda like that a woman I respect being human.

Assuming that is your Ma's.

2:59 AM  

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