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Exotic Animal Awareness Photography

Devin Mitchell's Series Depicts the Plight of Captive Animals

— June 15, 2015 — Tech
Devin Mitchell's evocative new photo series called 'Faces of the Wild' explores the plight and suffering of captive animals. The artist was inspired to take the photos after he witnessed the unnatural and abnormal behaviors exhibited by wild animals that had been confined to cages. Through the series, Mitchell sought to communicate the pain and suffering that these animals experience when placed in unorthodox environments.

The Faces of the Wild series is composed of 100 photos, each of which features a human face made up to look like a different wild animal. In each portrait, the model holds up one of their hands over an eye and another hand over their mouth. The idea behind covering the model's eye and mouth was to communicate the fact that many of these captive animals suffer in silence. As Mitchell explains, "maybe this photo series will open up the eyes of those who don’t realize how primitive the life of a captive wild animal really is".
Trend Themes
1. Animal Welfare Awareness - Capturing the plight and suffering of captive animals through photography raises awareness and promotes action towards the welfare of animals in captivity.
2. Art as Advocacy - Using art as a medium to communicate the pain and suffering experienced by captive animals sparks conversations and promotes change.
3. Creative Visual Storytelling - The Faces of the Wild photo series demonstrates the power of creative visual storytelling in conveying emotional messages and creating impact.
Industry Implications
1. Photography - Photographers can use their artistic skills to document and raise awareness about important social and environmental issues like animal welfare.
2. Animal Rights Advocacy - Organizations and activists can leverage powerful visual arts to advocate for animal rights and encourage policy changes.
3. Visual Marketing and Advertising - Companies can utilize creative visual storytelling techniques, like the Faces of the Wild series, to engage with their audience and convey meaningful messages in marketing and advertising campaigns.
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