“The Circumstance of Pomp”

In the animal kingdom, various forms of pageantry are used when animals endeavor to attract a mate. In their world, showing brightly colored plumage or demonstrating a specific skill set, has significance to a potential partner as it may indicate status such as optimum health and vigor, or skills in finding food or shelter.

But what about when humankind creates pageants for our entertainment that imposes our standards of beauty upon the animal kingdom? What is their experience and understanding of this ordinance? This project is a look behind the scenes at “The Circumstance of Pomp.”

grooming a standard poodle backstage at the WKC
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About Kuo Photo

Linda Kuo is a documentary photographer whose work centers on social-environmental issues, with a focus on the impact humankind has upon nature and the animal kingdom. It is the animal that solicits Kuo's projects, and most strongly connects her to the underlying sensibilities of her work. Linda feels that animals and nature are endowed with resilient mechanisms for survival, and posses the ability to continually adapt and yield to changing circumstances. However, their innate and intelligent systems of proficiency, are continually being stressed under the actions of humankind. With simplicity and openness, she hopes to create imagery that provokes consideration towards the preservation and responsible stewardship of our environment, and the sentient beings that inhabit our world. Linda has been nominated for PDN's 30: Emerging Photographers to Watch, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The London Sunday Times Magazine, Slate, and Photograph. Linda's photography has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, The Center for Fine Art Photography, and the Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography in Barcelona among other national and international exhibitions. In addition to photography, Linda is a certified yoga instructor specializing in rehabilitation and injury, passionate about the violin, and interested in Asian culture. Linda lives in New York with her family and continues to work on her long term projects.