While many modern zoos are embracing the tides of conservation and population protections, there's been a long history of unfair treatment and unsuitable living environments for animals in captivity. Rather than acting as a rehabilitation center or an opportunity to increase depleting numbers, there are many zoos out there that rather reel in their dime than change the environment for generations of sick, confined animals. A book I am working on, Circus Act, is a satirical handbook to those thinking of starting their own zoo, further expanding on the long, grim history of captivity across the world.
- Book Design
- Ink Illustration
- Book Binding
My book began with almost a hypocritical realization-I've always adored zoos because they were ground where I could see animals up close and personal, show off my knowledge to my family, and simultaneous gain more knowledge. One day, as I was editing photos I had taken at a zoo, I noticed myself attempting to edit out the blurred cages in effort to make it seem as if I had been eye to eye with this animal in nature. How dumb was I to realize this amazing creature I was trying to beautify was in their wrong environment from the start, hence the concrete and warm bath water they lived on was something worth to comment on.
For the book itself, I wanted to keep the illustrations simple and animals in different acts of performance. Drawing from both folk and circus imagery, the book is meant to be a handbook or guide for those seriously considering starting a zoo, and not a professional one to say the least.