Emily Osborne

Selected by Luke Archer

University: University of West London


Artist Statement: This is a documentary fine art series of photographs solely focusing on primates in captivity, revealing the true beauty and biological closeness of apes to humans. This project aims to generate a discussion around animals in captivity and in turn will help create a momentum changing behaviour and thoughts towards zoos and conservation campaigns. Emily created this body of work as she was fascinated by the intellectual ability of chimpanzees and gorillas. Their ability to observe and watch humans creates a guilt when viewing these animals in often inadequate habitats. Emily’s images portray a sense of anthropomorphism, creating portraits which are very human like and would often be seen in a photographic studio. Photographing in this way creates a sense of familiarity however the unfamiliar closeness to the subject and portrait style evokes emotion.