Not Meant for Cages in Cambodia

Apr 10, 2018

Madigan Cotterill

How the Photo was Taken

To capture this image, I used a Nikon 3100 with a fixed lens. The only adjustments/alterations made were converting the image to greyscale using photoshop.

Photo Location

I took this photo while volunteering at the Cambodian Wildlife Sanctuary in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on June 18th, 2016 at 2:40pm. In the summer of 2016, I spent a month volunteering abroad in Cambodia. During my time there, I participated in restoring coral reefs, as well as working to help rehabilitate animals. This image depicts the hand of a Macaque Monkey who had been captured from the wild as a baby. Like many other animals, this monkey was eventually sold as a pet but was given up when it grew older and became more aggressive. Unfortunately, due to the domestication from keeping the monkey as a pet, it is no longer able to be released back into the wild, and is therefore confined to a cage for the remainder of its life. This is the same story for many of the animals at the sanctuary, being taken from their natural habitat, and forced to work or live somewhere they are not meant to be. I chose to photograph the image this way, because I wanted to show the "humanness" in the monkeys hand to draw in the viewer and create a stronger connection. I also chose to focus on only one component of the monkey to not give away the whole story, and ultimately make the viewer think about what it is they are looking at.

About the Author

Madigan Cotterill

I have always loved photography and have been interested in the idea of capturing a moment in time to share as a story. I am currently pursuing my undergraduate degree in studio art at the University of Guelph, Canada, and specializing in photography. I hope to one day be able to combine my passion for photography and storytelling through travel in which I can share with others.

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