Posts Tagged ‘animals’
How he got them to sit still, we don’t know.
The 54-year-old has created a collection of incredible photographic portraits of animals so intimate they reveal the complex emotions of their subjects. And the emotions on show look strikingly familiar to our own.
After receiving worldwide attention for his photographs of dogs and horses in projects titled Dogs Gods and Equus, Mr Flach, from London, turned his attention to more exotic creatures.
His latest project, titled More Than Human, consists of intimate studio portraits of various wild animals, from various monkeys and apes to specially-bred featherless chickens.
Mr Flach graduated from the renowned St Martins School of Art in London and has spent the past 20 years working taking pictures for advertising.
He has worked for Adidas, Cirque du Soleil, Jaguar and Sony during his career. But more recently he become known for his highly-stylized animal portraits. His work aims to capture the emotion animals evoke in humans.
To do this, he brings his subjects into such close focus that the viewer begins to read the gestures and body language as we would a human being.
His work has been widely exhibited in the UK, U.S. and Far East and he has also lectured extensively around the world.
The photos will go on display at the Osborne Samuel Gallery in London’s Mayfair from December 5 to 21.
Tha Daily mail,UK.
SAN DIEGO – A new paper published by the National Marine Mammal Foundation in the scientific
journal Current Biology sheds light on the ability of marine mammals to spontaneously mimic human
speech. The study details the case of a white whale named NOC who began to mimic the human voice,
presumably a result of vocal learning.
“The whale’s vocalizations often sounded as if two people were conversing in the distance,” says Dr.
Sam Ridgway, President of the National Marine Mammal Foundation. “These ‘conversations’ were
heard several times before the whale was eventually identified as the source. In fact, we discovered it
when a diver mistook the whale for a human voice giving him underwater directions.”
Click here to see a photo of NOC and listen to a recording of him imitating human
speech. (Most of NOC’s spontaneous mimicry of human speech sounds like
mumbled conversation rather than clearly understandable words.)
As soon as the whale was identified as the source, NMMF scientists recorded his
speech-like episodes both in air and underwater, studying the physiology behind
his ability to mimic. It’s believed that the animals close association with humans
played a role in how often he employed his ‘human’ voice, as well as in its quality.
Researchers believe NOC’s sonic behavior is an example of vocal learning by a
white whale. After about four years, NOC’s speech-like behavior subsided.
“When NOC matured, we no longer heard speech-like sounds, but he did
remain quite vocal,” Ridgway said. “While it’s been a number of years since we first encountered this
spontaneous mimicry, it’s our hope that publishing our observations now will lead to further
discoveries about marine mammal learning and vocalization. How this unique ‘mind’ interacts with
other animals, humans and the ocean environment is a major challenge of our time.”
Some times meeting with the animals may result in funny situations.
Of course, you have to remain alive to narrate..
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Th natural state of Beings is Happiness and Love.
Only when reason blinds it do we get into hatred and complications.
Read an interesting story.
JoJo was initially separated from his mother because of a belly button infection but when carers tried to reunite the pair, she shunned him
Park worker Jeanette Wurms.: ‘After days of treatment we were not sure wether the mother would accept her baby.
‘So for safety reasons we are handraising and bottle feeding. I am glad that Jojo has found something like a step father and step brother in my playful and loving pointer-mongrel Lejon.’
She added: ‘Now he gets fed by hand by me and gets the paternal affection he needs from Lejon.
‘The dog is very patient. Jojo scrambles all over him, jumps on his head, bites his fur. But he doesn’t mind – he’s a very patient surrogate.’
The less pigment there is along the hair shaft, the paler the lion. As a result ‘white’ lions range from blonde through to near white.
The males have pale manes and tail tips instead of the usual dark tawny or black.
- The Plant Kingdom’s Most Unusual Talents [Slide Show]: Scientific American (trushin.wordpress.com)