Captive

The caging of animals in undersized cages and high-walled enclosures is one of the greatest crimes in modern times. Captive and cordoned off by grey cement and steel bars or manky moats, these creatures are forced to live out a life that nature never intended while we gawk at them from behind the safety of glass or above, from the height of those tall walls. It’s incredibly sad, and even though I am sure that most zoo-keepers have the best of intentions and deal with their animals humanely, it still strikes me as cruel to limit a creature’s life this way.

Canadian photographer Gaston Lacombe‘s images are poignant, beautifully composed and shot, and laced with an underlying and unsettling indictment of us as a species.

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