On my first date with Hiro he took me to the Osaka Zoo. He had no money, so the zoo was an inexpensive entertainment. Having not been to a zoo since I was in grade school, I was moderately interested — but I never would have gone on my own.
Yesterday I decided to go to the Ueno Zoo to take photos. It’s the first time since that date that I’ve been.
Going with Hiro we focused on each other. Going with a camera I focused on the animals. Generally speaking, most of the animals didn’t seem happy to me, which is the mood I sought to capture with the simians. Can you imagine being kept in a cage or a pen your entire life? Many free-people live a bounded life. None of this has to be: Animals can be kept in a nature enclosure; people can get out of their own enclosures.