The Pondering Primate

It is rare that we see any animals just gazing into the distance in deep thought. In fact, most animals we see practically have emotionless faces, their appearances bear almost no emotional appearance that make us empathize with them. Some animals, especially mammals, are exceptions to this. They include cats and dogs, and of course, monkeys.

One fine Sunday morning I went to this mangrove beach near my hometown in Muar, Malaysia which is famous for its urban macaques. Of the many excited and agitated monkeys, I saw this one particular monkey gazing into the distance, its face lit by the morning sun. The monkey appeared to be as if it was deep in thought, looking at people coming and going and feeding human food to the monkeys around.

One of my many aims in photography is to capture pictures of animals that portray some sort of emotion or exclusively human characteristics, so that we can better empathize with them.

I hope that someday I'd be able to find more opportunities to shoot images of animals like this.

More photos of monkeys I shot at the same day and location can be found here: Cape of Monkeys

Feel free to comment on the shot or the blog post =)

Photo credits: Ihsan Khairir.

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March 02, 2010


Thanks for the comments, everyone!

March 01, 2010


good shot and deep meaning

March 01, 2010


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March 01, 2010


I wish you to have many opportunities in capturing these animals!

March 01, 2010


Great shot, he looks almost sad to me. Good luck with it!

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