Macro Photography: Yan Hidayat photos include a lot of them that are taken in his home garden in the Indonesia, coastal city of Padang. His photography has a specialty of capturing from the nature the odd behavior. One such is the reminiscent picture from 2015 of a viral photo that had a frog riding a beetle.
Yan Hidayat, the photographer told he purchased in Jakarta the animals as pets and staged images. He has posted photos on Getty Images. He also explained his portfolio contains animals that he bought from a pet store and only the snails are the one he found in his home garden. He releases the pet store juvenile turtles and frogs as they grow up.
Yan Hidayat says a green frog has a snail on its head and sits like any human. A flying frog sits like human and snail on its head is unnatural. These flying frogs do not belong to Padang, where he took this photograph. Hidayat is not the sole peddler in the staged frog photos. On searching the frog section in Getty images in March 2017, there were 46 frog photos. All the photos were professional and well-lit on the webpafe from Indonesia. Though they were not native to the area it was photographed, it was a new creative photography that had them stacked on other animals, such as snails, turtles, and other frogs, or vice versa.
The photography of the frog on a beetle and the snail on the frog was a chaos about being cruel to animals. However, Getty already had given the statement that they follow editorial policy and adhere to robust measures to ascertain content process of ingestion to uphold the standards. Later as they found it as a cruel act on animals, the image was removed.
The documenting animals genre are garnered acclaims, many accuse photographers about animal cruelty. They see it as staged animal cruelty. The unnatural poses, inconsistencies and non-native animals face cruelty. Nevertheless, Getty clearly stages many animal photos from Yan Hidayat is hard to confirm that it is a single snapshot. Some use in their photography taxidermy and create positions life-like.
Taxidermy requires resources, time, and expertise, to get a pose. There is no chance to get a turtle in a series walking across the water. Moreover taxidermy frogs do not look alive very much. All said, photography is an art and it does not mean killing animals for photos. It is regarded unethical for the animals to pose for photography.
However, Palmer believes posing animals for photography is unethical, even if the animals are alive. Yan Hidayat presents animal’s natural behavior and he also suggested clearly that his photos were documenting nature. He also sent an email asking for apology that he did not explain about the photographs taken. The photos are fun to look at, though staged.
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