Is it a horse? No, there is something funny with that nose, that does not look like the nose of a horse. What is it? The gallery owner helps me: it is an anteater. His blurry head fills almost the entire image, which reflects the crazy muzzle flash. It's like being on the verge of kissing the beast, so up close was the black-and-white photo taken.
The one who took that photo was Aram Tanis. Over the past seven years Tanis traveled to Asia where, without becoming clear at which location the photographs were taken, he captured urban daily life. And in a way he didn't. In these cities with her millions of citizens he constantly looked for places and situations where people were absent.
Only the animals are there. The anteater. Two peacocks, captured from so close that you almost squint when you look at them. A dog without head or tail, which falls outside the scope of the picture. The bald head of a plucked chicken fills the entire image. Here flies the combination of these animals and the desolation of the city you almost to the throat, while the series also contains beautiful individual images.
Urban Jungle is the result of a thorough empirical investigation into how the urban environment is being experienced. It is great how Tanis managed to turn his investigations into an installation that the viewer can actually feel. At that moment the photographer is in complete control.