After taking photos, Gekoski left Pata Zoo feeling “torn,” he said. But on the other hand, he’s also encouraged by the positive responses he’s received for his images — especially for the photo of the orangutan sprawled on the floor.
“Of the thousands of images I took in Thailand, this was one of the most hard-hitting,” Gekoski said. “I’ve even had people contact me on social media saying it made them cry. This is the sort of response I want to evoke in people — we need to get emotional about cruel wildlife tourism.”