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The Chimpanzees of Fauna: Seeing Past the Bars I have been photographing the chimpanzees of Fauna Sanctuary for more than two years. They are remarkable beings that have taught me a great deal about my creative process and my intentions as a photographer. I  struggle with comments from people who do not want to see photos of the chimps that include the bars they now live behind–even though we are responsible for them being behind bars? Please visit and read. I would appreciate any thoughts you might have…and certainly any help in getting this out into the world.

The Chimpanzees of Fauna: Seeing Past the Bars
I have been photographing the chimpanzees of Fauna Sanctuary for more than two years. They are remarkable beings that have taught me a great deal about my creative process and my intentions as a photographer. I  struggle with comments from people who do not want to see photos of the chimps that include the bars they now live behind–even though we are responsible for them being behind bars? Please visit and read. I would appreciate any thoughts you might have…and certainly any help in getting this out into the world.

Happy Independence Day to the 110 chimpanzees finally released from research labs this week. They start their new life in sanctuary!
http://www.arklatexhomepage.com/story/d/story/all-110-new-iberia-research-center-chimpanzees-arr/39868/emYZTrtazkuS3_lLokuFUA

Photo of Regis at Fauna. © NJ WIght

Happy Independence Day to the 110 chimpanzees finally released from research labs this week. They start their new life in sanctuary!

http://www.arklatexhomepage.com/story/d/story/all-110-new-iberia-research-center-chimpanzees-arr/39868/emYZTrtazkuS3_lLokuFUA

Photo of Regis at Fauna. © NJ WIght


Today is a sad day for my friends at Fauna Foundation. One year ago today, a very special soul, Pepper, passed away. I created this image of her on March 12, 2012, the very first day I met the chimps at Fauna. (faunachimps.tumblr) I was overwhelmed and mesmerized by them! Their hands. Their eyes. Their voices! It was an extraordinary experience and one I won’t forget. That first day, when I wasn’t holding my breath, I photographed Spock, Pepper and her best, friend Sue Ellen. I have now been photographing the chimps for 15 months, but this photo, from my very first encounter, is still one of my favorites. Thank you Pepper, for allowing me to see you, and to know you, if only just a little.

Today is a sad day for my friends at Fauna Foundation. One year ago today, a very special soul, Pepper, passed away. I created this image of her on March 12, 2012, the very first day I met the chimps at Fauna. (faunachimps.tumblr) I was overwhelmed and mesmerized by them! Their hands. Their eyes. Their voices! It was an extraordinary experience and one I won’t forget. That first day, when I wasn’t holding my breath, I photographed Spock, Pepper and her best, friend Sue Ellen. I have now been photographing the chimps for 15 months, but this photo, from my very first encounter, is still one of my favorites. Thank you Pepper, for allowing me to see you, and to know you, if only just a little.

I had an amazing day shooting at Fauna Wednesday. The chimps were enjoying time on the islands after the long winter indoors. 
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Binky out enjoying the spring weather yesterday!

I had an amazing day shooting at Fauna Wednesday. The chimps were enjoying time on the islands after the long winter indoors.

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Binky out enjoying the spring weather yesterday!

Happy Birthday Jane Goodall!
In honor of Jane Goodall’s 79th birthday I am posting  one of my very favorite photos of the Fauna chimps. This is Binky. I am mesmerized by the hands and feet of primates. They tell a life story. Thanks for doing all that you do Jane."The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves."  Jane Goodall 

Happy Birthday Jane Goodall!

In honor of Jane Goodall’s 79th birthday I am posting  one of my very favorite photos of the Fauna chimps. This is Binky. I am mesmerized by the hands and feet of primates. They tell a life story.

Thanks for doing all that you do Jane.

"The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves."  Jane Goodall
 

This summer I got a call to go out to Fauna to photograph Sophie as she was quite ill. We were all concerned she was going to pass away, but, she managed to recover and is still running the monkey house! (I did get some wonderful shots of her.) We were just two old ladies hanging out eating nuts.
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This is Ms Sophie, a cinnamon capuchin and the matriarch of the monkey house. Click here to find out more about Sophie or to help the primates living at Fauna.

This summer I got a call to go out to Fauna to photograph Sophie as she was quite ill. We were all concerned she was going to pass away, but, she managed to recover and is still running the monkey house! (I did get some wonderful shots of her.) We were just two old ladies hanging out eating nuts.

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This is Ms Sophie, a cinnamon capuchin and the matriarch of the monkey house. Click here to find out more about Sophie or to help the primates living at Fauna.

Many of you know I volunteer photographing the chimps and animals at Fauna Foundation. This is the handsome Toby, who I have a tremendous fondness for. I have spent many quiet mornings shooting him up in his tree house.  I found his expression in this photo to be so profoundly moving-his eyes cast down and his hands tucked in under his chin. He looks like such a thoughtful, old soul. I felt the sepia treatment supported his expression…
Follow the lives of these extraordinary chimpanzees on tumblr and facebook.

Many of you know I volunteer photographing the chimps and animals at Fauna Foundation. This is the handsome Toby, who I have a tremendous fondness for. I have spent many quiet mornings shooting him up in his tree house.  I found his expression in this photo to be so profoundly moving-his eyes cast down and his hands tucked in under his chin. He looks like such a thoughtful, old soul. I felt the sepia treatment supported his expression…

Follow the lives of these extraordinary chimpanzees on tumblr and facebook.

I love photographing the Binkster. He is his own art director, asking to see the photos on my LCD after every shoot. He generally likes to look at them twice. If you are interested in chimps or sanctuary life, you  should check out Fauna.
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Meet Binky-he’s still looking around for some leftover Christmas treats… 

I love photographing the Binkster. He is his own art director, asking to see the photos on my LCD after every shoot. He generally likes to look at them twice. If you are interested in chimps or sanctuary life, you  should check out Fauna.

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Meet Binky-he’s still looking around for some leftover Christmas treats… 

I am not much good at these, but I enjoyed making this one. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate-I hope you are spoiled with love and peace! (And that goes for those who don’t celebrate as well!)
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Someone got a present!

I am not much good at these, but I enjoyed making this one. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate-I hope you are spoiled with love and peace! (And that goes for those who don’t celebrate as well!)

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Someone got a present!

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Obi Wan Kenobi. (Apparently Sue Ellen is not aware Halloween is over…)

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Obi Wan Kenobi. (Apparently Sue Ellen is not aware Halloween is over…)

Their fingers and hands mesmerize me.
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“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” Jane Goodall
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Their fingers and hands mesmerize me.

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“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” Jane Goodall

We are trying to get to 2000 Facebook “likes” by November 12th. Please consider lending us a hand!

I was very happy with the emotion in this shot. Sue Ellen had been relaxing up in the skywalk and she just peeked around the corner for a moment to see who was making all the noise (that would be me.) She looked right at me and I loved the way her eyes looked inside the matching copper “frame.”  These creatures living at Fauna are truly magical. What a privilege to spend time with them-especially these little one-on-one moments.
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The gorgeous Sue-Ellen.

I was very happy with the emotion in this shot. Sue Ellen had been relaxing up in the skywalk and she just peeked around the corner for a moment to see who was making all the noise (that would be me.) She looked right at me and I loved the way her eyes looked inside the matching copper “frame.”  These creatures living at Fauna are truly magical. What a privilege to spend time with them-especially these little one-on-one moments.

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The gorgeous Sue-Ellen.

I never tire of photographing their hands. I am mesmerized by them… I still pinch myself that I am able to spend time with these remarkable beings. Please check out their home on tumblr.
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It’s back to school time for the chimps-they love recess. Find out how you can help.

I never tire of photographing their hands. I am mesmerized by them… I still pinch myself that I am able to spend time with these remarkable beings. Please check out their home on tumblr.

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It’s back to school time for the chimps-they love recess. Find out how you can help.

Sophie is quite old and her health has been suffering a little lately. This was my first chance to photograph her as she has always been inside. I am struck by how much character her tiny face has. It is astonishing to me. She looks like a little old lady. I am so grateful I get a chance to volunteer here.
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This is Ms. Sophie, the matriarch of the monkey house at Fauna. She is a charming cinnamon capuchin with such an incredibly emotional face. She shares the house with Newton, a rhesus macaque.

Sophie is quite old and her health has been suffering a little lately. This was my first chance to photograph her as she has always been inside. I am struck by how much character her tiny face has. It is astonishing to me. She looks like a little old lady. I am so grateful I get a chance to volunteer here.

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This is Ms. Sophie, the matriarch of the monkey house at Fauna. She is a charming cinnamon capuchin with such an incredibly emotional face. She shares the house with Newton, a rhesus macaque.

May I have another banana please? The charming Rachel at Fauna, enjoying a banana..or six. You can follow their antics on Facebook.

May I have another banana please? The charming Rachel at Fauna, enjoying a banana..or six. You can follow their antics on Facebook.