Photo: Perhaps human beings have become a lonely species because we chose to see the world only through human eyes. In 1955 a photograph was taken by Richard Avedon called Dovima with the Elephants. It was probably the best-known image of an elephant until Ashes and Snow debuted in 2002. I’ve always found Avedon’s image to be humiliating and undignified to see the elephants in chains beside the model in her high heels and Dior dress. It represented a time when through willful blindness we chose not to have empathy for other species. Today the image of the Boy reading to the elephant is probably the best-known photograph of an elephant where the gaze of the elephant is as important as the gaze of the boy. This is what I see when I compare these two images. What do you see?

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Gregory Colbert
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Perhaps human beings have become a lonely species because we chose to see the world only through human eyes. In 1955 a photograph was taken by Richard Avedon called Dovima with the Elephants. It was probably the best-known image of an elephant until Ashes and Snow debuted in 2002. I’ve always found Avedon’s image to be humiliating and undignified to see the elephants in chains beside the model in her high heels and Dior dress. It represented a time when through willful blindness we chose not to have empathy for other species. Today the image of the Boy reading to the elephant is probably the best-known photograph of an elephant where the gaze of the elephant is as important as the gaze of the boy. This is what I see when I compare these two images. What do you see?

--GC

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