Award winning animal and wildlife photographer Britta Jaschinski opens her first solo show in Asia this month. ‘Artificial Paradise’ is a collection of images documenting and conveying the detached and often fractured existence of animals in captivity.
Jaschinski documents animals at their worst suffering, the poignant and
heart wrenching images show animals which seem not only physically detached
from their natural surroundings but appear psychologically isolated.
Conveying the animals’ loneliness, alienation and displacement the
images nevertheless pay homage to their nobility as well as an angry protest at
Working alongside animal welfare groups and charity campaigns, Jaschinski has catalogued wildlife and animal cruelty from many angles; first in the commercial field and then independently in her own research and artistic exploration. German-born and based in London, she learnt the craft of photography through working in advertising and still undertakes shoots for animal-charity ad campaigns. In the late 1990s, she undertook a major project documenting the haunting nature of confined animals, resulting in Zoo – a traveling exhibition and book
. This was followed by a series of work examining our relationship with other living creatures in the wild and how nature can be seen as both eternal and transient, displayed in a European touring exhibition and the linked book Wild Things
. The images in this exhibition are a selection of the comprehensive work she has undertaken.
A Metro client for more than twenty years, Jaschinski still shoots on her old Nikon 4 analogue camera using traditional black & white film. Metro is thrilled to have produced drum scans
and all silver gelatin photographic prints
for the show in Taiwan.