Zoos work to preserve nature, protecting animals from the encroaching human presence in their native environments. Cages and glass—these barriers exist to protect both the animals and the visitors. Photographer Boza Ivanovic, however, artfully transforms this dynamic in his latest book, Out of the Wild: Zoo Portraits. His photographs pull viewers past protective boundaries, reinstating a sensation of awe and even fear. Here, zoo animals appear as they do in nature—without the perceived safety of barriers. As a result of his careful presentation, Ivanovic inspires a tension in his viewers. These animals are at once terrifying as they are hauntingly beautiful. They emerge from the darkness or swoop gracefully toward the lens. Ivanovic’s carefully crafted images restore the majesty of these creatures, revealing that there is still a wild spirit in these animals’ hearts—whether in the wild or out.
About the Author:
Boza Ivanovic began taking pictures when he was fourteen. Growing up in Belgrade, Ivanovic worked as a camera assistant at Politika TV, eventually relocating to Los Angeles where he worked as a freelance photographer for magazines, newspapers, and other outlets in the entertainment industry. His photography has taken him all around the world—to South Africa, Tanzania, Mexico, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, and Canada. His work has appeared in publications such as Esquire, powerHouse Magazine, Resource, Insider, and The Washington Post, as well as internationally in SilverShotz (Australia), Soura Magazine (United Arab Emirates), Private Magazine (Italy), Leica Fotografie International (Germany), CPN-Canon (England), Practical Photography (England), Photo Magazine (Romania), and ReFoto (Serbia), among others. His work has been featured in exhibitions in both Los Angeles and New York. Ivanovic lives in Missouri.