The Fifth Ape
One of my ongoing projects is what I call "The Fifth Ape." If you've ever spent time looking at portraits of gorillas or chimpanzees, you've probably noticed that they capture those elements of the apes that are most human. There's something about their expression that is both human and animal. Their facial features, their stance, the way they hold themselves, expresses something that reminds us of how closely related we are to the other apes. What I'm trying to do with this project is the reverse. I'm trying to imagine the human as an ape, to capture those of our features that we share with them. Aside from our shared facial features and expressions, there's something about our arms and hands that particularly strikes me as ape-like. The idea is to convey the animal that is inherent in man and to relate that to our closest animal brethren, the several kinds of apes: gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and ourselves.
I will be updating this post as a continuing project. I hope you enjoy.