The Thinker

Gorilla, Albuquerque Zoo, NM

This is another of the pictures that I took at the Albuquerque Zoo which reinforces my belief that gorillas are people like us.

On this gorilla’s face I see an expression of deliberation, a weighing of mental options—I believe she is actively considering something. Check out how her right toes are curled under; the thoughts engender some internal tension or conflict, and yet she seems to be engaged in a measure of dispassionate reflection on the past or the future. Her gaze is as much internal as external.

I am as pleased with this photograph as I am with any successful portrait of a human being I’ve ever made.

4 Responses to The Thinker
  1. Dale Favier
    January 12, 2012 | 3:17 pm

    Wow, that’s a magnificent photo!

  2. NT
    January 12, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    Thanks for the kind words.

  3. JR
    January 12, 2012 | 5:26 pm

    I love your pictures of gorillas, and this one is quite astounding.

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