As ‘humans’ we tend to see ourselves as very different to ‘animals’. While we sit subjectively at the top of the evolutionary scale, and I look into the eyes of these primates I know which I’d prefer staring back at me during rush hour on the underground. I’m thinking there’d be less pushing with a Bonobo.
James’ photographs of Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Bonobos and Orangutans use the aesthetic of the humble passport photograph and infer a strong sense of identity and character. I can’t help but feel that if we only knew what they were thinking, there would certainly be a lot we could learn.