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I took this images many years ago at a Primate Orphanage in the Western Cape, South Africa.

The idea was to use it as an protest image against cross-border trade in African wildlife.

Born Free?

Johan Botha (2007): Caged Primate Photograph

When I first saw the image, as it appeared under the red glow of my darkroom light, it however became a commentary on “modern” society! Not only as an outcry against our rape and pillage of our environment, but also our disrespect for humankind as a whole.

The image reminded me of the following quote by Margaret Sanger:

“A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.”

Today and Tomorrow: What will I see?

  • Sometimes I see myself in this image. A mirror to my own being!
  • Sometimes I am saddened by it!
  • Mostly I am just angered by it!!!