The 'Captive' zoo animal photography series by Gaston Lacombe might have you rethinking your day trips to the zoo. The photographer captures dejected, lonely animals in their cramped environments. Lacombe specifically chose to document the animals from the perspective of a typical visitor, suggesting that the novelty factor of seeing the animals in the flesh distracts from the harsh reality of their artificial habitats.
Lacombe expands by adding, “I want the viewer to revisit what they see in zoos, and look beyond the animal. So, really, these photos are not about the animals—they are about us. It documents what happens when humans use animals as objects of display and entertainment.”
Lacombe's heart-wrenching series prompts us to re-evaluate our use of animals for the purposes of personal enjoyment.