These pictures were taken at Rotterdam Zoo. I’ve not been to a zoo for many many years. So much has changed. Animals have much more breathing space, but inevitably there is the necessity of a barrier between them and the visitors. Barriers divide the world in two sides. You are at one side of the barrier or the other. Generally it is considered best to be outside. It means freedom. But inside could also mean protection, like a net over a pond prevents the fish from being eaten by a hungry heron. Nothing is as simple as it seems and everything seems to have at least two sides to it.
The same goes for photographing animals in captivity. As soon as I think of it as wrong, there’s another barrier between me and the animal. I search for the animal himself to speak to me, captivity only being the situation he is in.