Project info

'Zoo' is part of a larger body of work exploring aspects of our culture that engages in what I like to describe as "prescribed happiness." I am fascinated by spaces, rituals, events, and activities where one's enjoyment is dictated and strictly enforced rather than left up to individuals to experience on their own terms. Zoos, summer camps, cruise vacations, and gospel spreading missions are all subjects I enjoy photographing in this regard.

I can't help staring at these aspects of our culture that, despite our better judgment, spend a tremendous amount of energy screaming at us in reassurance that we are having a great time and we love it here.