The Secret Bond Shared by Animals and Children, in Photos

"I believe all beings are entitled to live their life to the fullest with respect and love,” the photographer tells me. “Hence, I feel a deep desire to heighten awareness concerning the welfare of captive animals and the need to re-evaluate our relationship with animals.”

I see the connection between humans and animals is one of the most fundamental, but sometimes invisible, bonds that human beings experience. Animals and Children captivates me, and I see them as one of our greatest teachers. Children seem to have a magical affinity with animals and I see parallels in their worlds. This series is inspired by my love and fascination in trying to understand and explore this special, yet little understood relationship between children and animals in confinement.

Every time I press my shutter, I ponder on the mysteries of this relationship. In a way, are these kids perhaps peeking into their future as adults, when their minds and thoughts will be held captive to society. Will they look inwards, and break free of the shackles of their mind? In contrast, are the animals looking out from the bars, urging them to perhaps look in, and make a difference in the well-being of their lives…etc.