New York City photographer Amy Stein's photos are populated by characters—both human and non-human—who bump up against, in Stein's words, the "comfort and fear, dependence and determination, submission and dominance that play out in the physical and psychological encounters between man and the natural world."
Stein's series, "Domesticated," was awarded the Saatchi Gallery/Guardian prize in 2006, and the subsequent book received the award for best book at 2008's New York Photo Festival.
The photographs, which depict wild animals encountering and interacting with humans and the built environment, were constructed. They were set up based on oral accounts from residents of and near Matamoras, a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Stein says of her work, "Within these scenes I explore our paradoxical relationship with the 'wild' and how our conflicting impulses continue to evolve and alter the behavior of both humans and animals. We at once seek connection with the mystery and freedom of the natural world, yet we continually strive to tame the wild around us and compulsively control the wild within our own nature."
To view the photo essay, scroll down. Quotations are based on original oral accounts.