Corey Arnold’s Raccoon Costume offers a sort of mirror image of the shock we feel when – in the suburbs or the city – we suddenly find ourselves face-to-face with a wild animal. The raccoon and presumably also the human taking the photograph seem to be asking what the other is doing here where they don’t belong. A photo like this is funny and clever but it also seems to be getting at something more serious: as our suburbs continue to spread and as our cities become more hospitable to animals such human-animal encounters are becoming more and more common. Will we learn to better share territory and space with animals?
Corey Arnold – Raccoon Costume