Creative Zoo Photography at the Franklin Park Zoo
This past weekend I had the chance to head off to Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, Massachusetts. This excursion was just wanted I needed to jump start my creative thinking and spend some quality time with my daughter.
I’ve had the thought of working on animal prints using a process that includes multiple layers and textures in Photoshop. This process is not unique to me and I actually have fallen in love with the captured images of the Bronx Zoo and the textured flower prints by Alan Shapiro.
This most definitely is in the early stages of learning for me but with the warmer weather approaching I am looking forward to working on some creative zoo photography prints. Actually zoos offer a great opportunity to photographers that cannot spend the time or money on trips photographing animals in the wild.
Although the Franklin Park Zoo is packed with animals of all shapes and sizes, the two of us as usual were in awe of the western lowland gorilla exhibit. I knew right away this would be the place magic would happen, the exhibit has five glass viewing stations allowing visitors to a unique and inspiring experience into the lives of the western lowland gorillas in captivity.
It didn’t take very long for the gorilla’s to notice us and we had multiple opportunities for eye contact; you can just feel the intelligence with every glance. One of the gorillas actually came up to the viewing station and sat with her back to us, she would occasionally glance to see if we were looking away and then we would catch her looking at us, when we would turn back around and she would look off in the opposite direction.
I was really happy and inspired to spend some time photographing the gorillas at the Franklin Park Zoo and anxious to work on some of the creative zoo photography prints I had envisioned.
If you happen to be in the New England area be sure to check out the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, Massachusetts you surely will not be disappointed.