No voice, no choice
Three times a day, this orang-utan steps from its cage into the limelight, dressed in a costume to accompany a clown. Behind the applause, a darker world exists for animals forced to perform. ‘I try to give dignity to these badly treated sentient beings,’ Britta says. ‘I want my photography to give them a voice.’
Bornean orang-utans are endangered. Many are captured from the wild for the illegal pet trade and sadly some end up on stage performing, like this orang-utan at Chimelong International Circus in China. Audiences are often unaware of the level of cruelty these animals face – enduring brutal training, neglect and abuse.
Nikon F4; 85mm lens; 1/125 sec at f5.6; Kodak Professional Tri-X-Pan 400 film.
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Britta Jaschinski, Germany/UK
Britta works as a professional photographer, covering a wide range of subjects. Her passion to protect animals takes her across the globe to reveal stories about animal suffering. Her work is published and exhibited worldwide, and she has won a number of international awards. Britta is a speaker at photography festivals and lectures on photography and animal conservation issues.