FROM THE BLURB
The most comprehensive photographic study to date of animals in captivity, Life Behind Bars, examines exotic and endangered animals and the necessity of their captivity for their own protection, and that of their species. It is a very real risk of many species becoming extinct in the shockingly near future is highlighted in short, informative texts. Julian Starks has travelled all over the United States to institutions ad sanctuaries to document these stunning creatures that are no longer threatened but living full, happy lives.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Julian Starks has been a force in the world of the Arts for most of his adult life. Julian began his career in New York City as an established working actor, having studied under acting teacher legends, Sanford Meisner and Bobby Lewis, as well as Martin Barter at the famous Neighborhood Playhouse Theater.
Julian has worked in many mediums including theater, independent film and national television shows and commercials. Many will recognize Julian from the internationally seen television drama “The Bold and the Beautiful”, numerous national television commercials and movies, including “The Fast and the Furious”.
He studied at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and eventually decided to move to Los Angeles to begin his filmmaking and television education at the UCLA School of Film and The Los Angeles Film School. He is currently editing and negotiating the release of his first independent feature length documentary, “JOURNEY TO SUNDANCE”. This film intertwines the story of the fabled Sundance Film Festival with the story of the struggles a filmmaker endures to create an independent film and finally, the triumph of presenting it to the public.
He later graduated from the Brooks Institute of Photography in the Ventura, CA to continue his passion for storytelling in a new medium… It is this medium that best offers us the pleasure of sharing Julian’s love of animals as he presents this, his first volume of photography.
LIFE Behind Bars Vol. I, his first fine art photography book, capture the necessity of captivity. Julian has spent the last three years following his passion for wild animals by traveling America to photograph them in confined settings.
He began to appreciate that without sanctuaries and sometimes, unfortunately, confinement, many species would soon perish or become dangerously close to extinction. To that end, Julian created ‘VISIONS OF THE WORLD INC.’, a non-profit devoted to raising public awareness and to assisting the entities that try to make life for the endangered as comfortable as possible.
He tries to make a difference for these animals by announcing their plight, educating the public to it and by donating a portion of all proceeds to their struggle.
Julian invites you to become more aware and to join in the worthy fight to save a place on this earth for these noble creatures to survive!
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