There is something about zoos that makes it hard not to fall in love with them. Not only are they full of wild animals that you would otherwise never have a chance to see in your lifetime, they also produce that childlike, carefree feeling. While these are all good emotions for us humans, it’s not always the same case with the animals inside.
That is what Taiwanese photographer and environmentalist Sheng Wen Lo strives to capture in her ongoing photographic project called White Bear. Traveling to 26 different cities in China and Europe, she takes pictures of the poor conditions of big White Polar Bears in their artificial habitats inside the zoos. As opposed to what others may think, Sheng is not averse to zoos. In fact, she is interested in “human-animal relationships in different aspects” particularly focusing on wild animals in decorated, controlled cages.
Sheng has been working on this documentary-style photography series since 2014 and, like all environmentalists, hopes “we can think more about our desire to alter the fate of some animals, either directly or indirectly.”