We Are All Primates, Amelia Emily & Babie 2016-18
WE ARE ALL PRIMATES
Amelia and Emily & Babie
One in a Million Women
Creative Director: Amelia Paul
My journey has always been with my daughter, Amelia. We have been on a seventeen- year journey photographing portraits of animals. This series of interspecies portraits of Amelia with two unique individuals, Emily and Babie, two rescued primates, (captively bred) who now live in a loving forever home with a wonderful caretaker.
Incorporating fashion says we are all the same. The couture, blurs the line between human and animal, where animals are part of our world and humans are part of theirs, co-exiting and interacting as full partners.
Amelia and I are driven to depict close the trusting relationships with Emily and Babie, in the hope that these moments portray the sameness of humans and animals and we are all unique primates.
About: Emily, Black Topped Capuchin, 23 years old and Babie, 12 years old, macaque and a triple amputee. Both are rescued primates, captively breed in the USA.
Babie, a petite 13-years-old, survived a dog attack resulting in a butchered amputation of a leg, an arm and half a tail. Her leg was amputated at the knee joint. Babie appears to have phantom limb syndrome but has adapted to her injuries. When rescued, Babie would not eat, only when the caretaker was eating barbecued beans did she show interest in eating anything. Both Emily and Babie now eat daily fresh vegetable, fruit and monkey chow. As pictured Emily loves watermelon.
(It’s important for me to note that Amelia is connecting with real, live, primates No one is Photo-shopped into the images).