JaipurPhoto 2018: Asmita Parelkar's Giraffe Behind The Door looks at how zoos replicate nature

Giraffe Behind The Door is based on photographer Asmita Parelkar's observation of wild animals in captivity. Parelkar's series, currently on display at JaipurPhoto 2018, examines how zoos create the illusion that visitors are seeing animals in their natural habitat | #FirstCulturePhotos

Matthieu Foss March 03, 2018 16:02:06 IST
Giraffe Behind The Door is based on photographer Asmita Parelkar's observation of wild animals in captivity. Here, a Eurasian Eagle-owl in its enclosure at Central Park Zoo, New York City. All photos © Asmita Parelkar. All images courtesy the artist and JaipurPhoto 2018
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Giraffe Behind The Door is based on photographer Asmita Parelkar's observation of wild animals in captivity. Here, a Eurasian Eagle-owl in its enclosure at Central Park Zoo, New York City. All photos © Asmita Parelkar. All images courtesy the artist and JaipurPhoto 2018
Parelkar's series, currently on display at JaipurPhoto 2018, examines how zoos create the illusion that visitors are seeing animals in their natural habitat. Here, a Crested Tinamou in a glass enclosure in the World of Birds exhibit at the Bronx Zoo.
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Parelkar's series, currently on display at JaipurPhoto 2018, examines how zoos create the illusion that visitors are seeing animals in their natural habitat. Here, a Crested Tinamou in a glass enclosure in the World of Birds exhibit at the Bronx Zoo.
Parelkar's photos bring to mind the adage: God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages — Jacques Deval. Here: Black and White ruffed lemur in an enclosure at the Tropic Zone exhibit.
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Parelkar's photos bring to mind the adage: God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages — Jacques Deval. Here: Black and White ruffed lemur in an enclosure at the Tropic Zone exhibit.
Guira Cuckoo perched on a branch inside the glass enclosure in the World of Birds exhibit at the Bronx Zoo.
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Guira Cuckoo perched on a branch inside the glass enclosure in the World of Birds exhibit at the Bronx Zoo.
Squirrel Monkey inside the enclosure in the monkey house at the Bronx Zoo.
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Squirrel Monkey inside the enclosure in the monkey house at the Bronx Zoo.
A zookeeper cleans the bat enclosure at Central Park Zoo.
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A zookeeper cleans the bat enclosure at Central Park Zoo.
Egrets inside the enclosure at the Bronx Zoo, NY.
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Egrets inside the enclosure at the Bronx Zoo, NY.
Indian rhinoceros inside the winter enclosure in the Bronx Zoo.
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Indian rhinoceros inside the winter enclosure in the Bronx Zoo.
Scarlet Ibis in the exhibit at the Bronx Zoo.
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Scarlet Ibis in the exhibit at the Bronx Zoo.
All photos © Asmita Parelkar. Giraffe Behind the Door; 2013-2015. All images courtesy the artist and JaipurPhoto 2018.
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All photos © Asmita Parelkar. Giraffe Behind the Door; 2013-2015. All images courtesy the artist and JaipurPhoto 2018.
A troop of Ebony Lemurs in Jungle World's Mangrove Swamp at the Bronx Zoo in Bronx, New York. These endangered monkeys hail from the forests of Indonesia.
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A troop of Ebony Lemurs in Jungle World's Mangrove Swamp at the Bronx Zoo in Bronx, New York. These endangered monkeys hail from the forests of Indonesia.
Polar Bears sleeping inside the exhibit at the Central Park Zoo. Central Park Zoo is located in the heart of New York City.
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Polar Bears sleeping inside the exhibit at the Central Park Zoo. Central Park Zoo is located in the heart of New York City.
A zoo keeper feeding the Gentoo Penguins inside the Penguin exhibit at the Central Park Zoo, New York.
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A zoo keeper feeding the Gentoo Penguins inside the Penguin exhibit at the Central Park Zoo, New York.
A Snowy Owl inside an outdoor enclosure at the Queens Zoo located in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York.
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A Snowy Owl inside an outdoor enclosure at the Queens Zoo located in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York.
Cattle egrets sitting next to the pond inside the Aviary in the Queens Zoo located in the Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.
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Cattle egrets sitting next to the pond inside the Aviary in the Queens Zoo located in the Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.
A sea lion sitting on top of a rock inside the exhibit at Central Park Zoo.
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A sea lion sitting on top of a rock inside the exhibit at Central Park Zoo.
Amur Leopard inside an enclosure at the Staten Island Zoo in Staten Island, New York.
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Amur Leopard inside an enclosure at the Staten Island Zoo in Staten Island, New York.