20 images Created 9 Apr 2019
Ever since my early days living and working in Hollywood, I’ve found zoos to be a wonderful refuge from the congested, bustling existence of city life. Initially, I’d rise at the crack of dawn and get to the Los Angeles Zoo before it opened so I could be one of the first to enter and spend time photographing the animals while they were most active in the cool morning air. I soon expanded on this with an Association of Zoos & Aquariums membership that gave me access to parks throughout the country that I could visit when I was traveling. Over many years, I’ve built a considerable archive of animal, bird, reptile, fish and insect images but, for this photo essay on the Denver Zoo, I chose a different perspective. Instead of concentrating on the inhabitants themselves, you know long lens close-up stuff, my focus was on the visitor experience, their interactions with this great environment. And, I think it provides an entirely different view of zoos.