That line from "The Wizard of Oz" may have been a fearful refrain, but it also captures some of the awe and wonder humans share when regarding beasts in the wild or at a zoo.
That sense of wonder is apparent in the September exhibit at
Weinstein, a retired economist who has lived in
"I've had the photography bug for a long time," he said, adding it started in childhood when he got a
When age 12, he took some shots at the
"The cardinal rule is that I don't photograph anything that can talk back to me," he said. "I am especially fascinated by the big cats."
He said he had a chance to see big cats in their natural habitat in January during an East African safari. Many photos in the exhibit will be from that safari, he said.
Segal, a psychiatrist, lives and works in
Since 1987, he has considered photographing zoo animals a second career. He estimates he has visited 200 zoos in the Unites States,
"I've been interested in zoos since I was 10. I was interested in animals, and zoos were where you could find animals," he said.
"I love to photograph big cats and primates," he said. "Big cats are very photogenic. The great apes -- I love the expressions on their faces."
The psychiatrist said animals have things to teach humans.
"Viewing so many groups of primates, and other animals, over the years has helped give me a better understanding of human behavior, especially when thinking about early developmental stages, family dynamics, group dynamics and competitive, status-seeking behaviors," Segal said.
The exhibit, running
Ramin, who also worked for the
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