Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

StoryThe photo challenge for this week invites us to share a photo that captures an entire story in a single frame.  Here is my interpretation. 

And what is the story?  Is it merely a story of kids going to the zoo?  Does the story that you see here have something to say about animals, including the human animal?  Something about conservation?  Something about family entertainment?  Something about cages and behavior?  Something about connecting to other life forms?  Something about curiosity?  Whose curiosity — the child’s or the lion’s?

I always have mixed feelings, some very strong, that arise when I visit a zoo.  Sadness.  Respect.  Appreciation.  Embarrassment.  Regret.  Awe.  The story is pretty complex, and there are many characters.  When we get caught up in our own narrative and forget that there is more than one, we limit our compassion, our awareness. 

It’s interesting to overhear what mothers and teachers tell their children about the animals behind the glass.  “Oh, look.  There’s the Daddy lion and the Mommy lion and they’re doing _______!”   Are you sure that’s what they are and what they’re doing?  Have you projected your own story onto them?  Do you often do that and teach your children to do that?  What might you learn if you tried to look at their behavior through unbiased eyes? 

You see, this story gets pretty complicated.  It’s worth looking into.

13 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

  1. Now look what you’ve done!
    I’m exhausted thinking of all the possibilities……You do that to me sometimes, when all I really want to do is look at the picture of the big cuddly pussy-cat.
    It’s just me…I’m a happy air-head!

  2. I query the idea that humans have a right to see wild animals… I don’t really thnk they do. Animals however have a right to be wild.. all this doesn’t stop me going to places like Longleat safari park occasionally and then feeling guilty about it.. complex creatures human beings you know.. full of contradictions

  3. Great shot! I’d love to see it slightly cropped, black and white – a powerful image I think, with as you say so many ways you could read it. (I’m one of those “million things from one” thinkers too..!)

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