It's a curious question right? We have known for ages that apes do experience human-like emotions. When I was invited by my brother to go and visite this new zoo in Holland this knowledge didn't stop me.
After some hours of walking around, I found myself looking at these clever beings.
Of course, I both felt sad they were sitting there day by day for our pleasures. Furthermore, I did definitely feel honored to be able to watch the group behavior of about 20ish of these apes. Obviously, I couldn't keep myself from taking a few shots while being a visitor of their fancy-fied cage.
If it's true that these beings experience approximately the same emotions humans do, then one agonizing truth emerges. Don't they know they are held in captivity? Realising this, I immediately felt sad for being there. Looking back at those pictures I keep wondering the same question. Who is observing who? Did they look at me while thinking:
"Dude, only today you are already the 144th person taking photographs of our desperate faith, dont you realize this?"
Again I aks myself. Who is observing and judging who?
Shot with a Canon fd 50mm @1.4 on my Sony A7II