Tall Poppy Syndrome: Photos of a Cultural Phenomenon

From the moment American photographers Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar first heard about Tall Poppy Syndrome, they felt compelled to go explore it. Growing up in a culture which celebrates achievement, distinguishing yourself from others and standing up tall, the idea of the syndrome – to cut others down when they are perceived as being too much of a stand-out – ran contrary to everything they knew.

Domesticated: Human and Animal Worlds Collide

This series of photographs captures an increasingly human-dominated world as it collides with the wild animals at its boundaries. Photographer Amy Stein has created a collection of arresting yet quiet images, each one showing animals making their home in, or at least visiting, the world of humans. Through her work she addresses the paradoxical relationship we have with the “wild,” at once wanting to experience and connect with it, and simultaneously wanting to tame and control it.