Zoológico de Cali

Hello my friends,

This week I went to the zoo they have here in Cali. Honestly I’m not a huge fan of zoos. Having experienced a few safaris in Africa, there’s no coming back from that. There’s something else about standing a 100m away from a hyena, whilst you’re on a bike. Or watching a herd of elephants cross the road in front of you. It’s just not the same with the almost consequence free zoo. Watching sleepy animals behind bulletproof windows.

I don’t mean to take a dump on the zoo, they do good work. Being involved in multiple conservation causes and they also have breeding programs. Which most modern day zoos today have. The staff we met there were also really knowledgeable, ready to explain and teach. So there are a lot of positives to take from zoos, carrying forward education, passion for wildlife and raising awareness. Bringing that to the visitors and the public.

Yet I can’t help but feel a bit saddened, not specifically towards zoos, but just the wildlife situation world wide. And these feelings bleed through in some of the photos.

Sometimes I take photos for the beauty of it. From studying light, compositional ideas, and using post-processing tools to get the end result I’m after.

Other times, I shoot from my heart, what I feel and see at any given moment. Both I would say are valid, they only differ in outcomes.

One to capture beauty in the world around us. The other to act as a mirror and reflect back on the world we live in.

Hope you enjoy.

Leif Enrique