Locked into obedience by their trainer’s gaze, big cats perform at the Seven Star Park in Guilin in 2012. The cats have been drugged, their teeth and claws pulled out, and they are controlled during the show by poles with metal spikes at the end. Audiences are often unaware of the level of cruelty involved. ‘This was truly an arena of broken animals’, Britta remarks. These cats are probably all hybrids of captive-bred animals. The one in the centre is most likely a liger – a cross between a male lion and a female tiger. Ligers are thought to be the largest living felines, tending to exceed the size of both their parent species.
Nikon F4 + 24 mm lens; 1/125 sec at f5.6; Kodak Tri-X-Pan 400 black and white film.
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Britta Jaschinski, Germany/UK
Britta uses traditional black-and-white film to examine the nature of wildness. German-born and based in London, she learnt about photography while working in advertising, and still undertakes shoots for animal charity advertising campaigns. Britta’s work has been published and exhibited around the world, and she has received a number of awards.