Piece description from the artist
I patiently waited to take a photo of this female Gorilla in the Primate House in Chicago's Lincoln park zoo. In a small space of unscratched glass, I focused on her sitting on top of a tree, gazing off into the distance as if lost in her thoughts. Occasionally she would glance over at me, but I preferred this photo where she was looking off into the distance. So human-like and intelligent, she seemed to have a connection with me. It was almost as if we were in a studio and she was posing for me. I waited almost an hour to get the perfect shot, and here it it. "The Thinker"
Melinda Klein is a Chicago-based digital and film photographer, who prides herself on learning through experience. She grew up all around the country, living across the midwest and the east coast. It was living in these vastly different places, from cities, to suburbs, to rural areas, that inspired her love for such diverse areas of photography. She began taking photographs professionally when she moved to Chicago in 2007.
Melinda's biggest passion is wildlife and nature photography but most of her wildlife photography is taken in zoos and aquariums. She photographs the animals to look as though they were shot in nature in an effort to document the lives of flora and fauna that exist in a man-made habitat.