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97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos


 

Some great pictures of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos

Santan the Orangutan at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia. Primate portraits, part of a project called 97 Percent Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of the orangutans, gorillas and baboons

These primate portraits are part of a project called 97% Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of orangutans, gorillas and baboons.

Picture: Santan the orangutan at Melbourne Zoo

Picture: Arthur Xanthopoulos/Barcroft Media

 

97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos

A western lowland gorilla at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia. Primate portraits, part of a project called 97 Percent Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of the orangutans, gorillas and baboons

Arthur Xanthopoulos, 38, captured the expressions of his primate subjects at Melbourne Zoo, Australia.

Picture: A western lowland gorilla

Picture: Arthur Xanthopoulos/Barcroft Media

97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos

A baboon at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia. Primate portraits, part of a project called 97 Percent Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of the orangutans, gorillas and baboons

"These primates have the ability to recognise I have a camera and I’m taking photos of them," said Arthur. "They change their behaviour in response to my presence just like a human model would do. There’s a personal interaction between myself and the apes which I convey through the pictures. I hope to let their unique personalities shine through so people can feel this for themselves, particularly through eye contact- which is a powerful way of communicating for both humans and apes."

Picture: A baboon at the zoo

97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos

Santan the Orangutan at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia. Primate portraits, part of a project called 97 Percent Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of the orangutans, gorillas and baboons

The unmistakably intelligent face of Santan, a 33-year-old orangutan, is shown by the way he looks curiously over his shoulder with his gentle eyes. He is known as the toolmaker by his keepers because he fashions makeshift cutlery to eat with and has a love of solving the puzzles they set for him.

Picture: Arthur Xanthopoulos/Barcroft Media

97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos

Ape at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia. Primate portraits, part of a project called 97 Percent Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of the orangutans, gorillas and baboons

"I’m holding up a mirror to people in the way they see themselves," said Arthur. "I want them to question who we are as humans and what we want to represent. When people look at the images I’ve created I hope they will see their own reflection and this will make them think how much more we have in common with primates than the difference in our bodies might suggest. I see my work as a way to create a degree of awareness in people’s minds and help them to see these animals in a different way."

Picture: Arthur Xanthopoulos/Barcroft Media

97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos

Suma the Orangutan at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia. Primate portraits, part of a project called 97 Percent Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of the orangutans, gorillas and baboons

Female orangutan Suma, 32, gazes at the ripples of her own reflection in the pool of her enclosure.

Picture: Arthur Xanthopoulos/Barcroft Media

A few of the portraits by Arthur Xanthopoulos :

97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos – www.telegraph.co.uk

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February 21, 2011 - Posted by | Animals, Blog, Blogroll, Entertainement, Internet, nature |

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