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Amy Stein’s ‘Domesticated’

From NPR; how humans and animals interact, and how that dynamic is changing as human habitat changes, and takes the animals along with us:

If you’ve ever lived in (or been to) a developing suburb, you may have experienced something like this: You go out into your backyard to discover a deer eating your mother’s flowers. You attempt to chase it away, getting within just a few feet, but it just stares, blinks and resumes eating — as if your presence is a mere disturbance to an otherwise peaceful dining experience.

Or, if you’ve ever been camping, you may have been surprised by strangely aloof animals that allow you to come unexpectedly close to them, and they may even solicit for food. Domesticated, a photo series and new book by Amy Stein, explores these encounters between humans and animals in the “wild.”

Her book won the best book award at the 2008 New York Photo Festival and was featured at this year’s LOOK3 photo festival.

To check out some of Amy Stein’s photos, also go to NPR. To view more photos from the series, check out Stein’s Web site.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.