Annie Marie Musselman – For the Innocent


Baby Orangutan at the Door, Nyaru Menteng, Sanctuary Borneo


Animal’s lives have little worth in our culture. Their habitats are ruined for commodities such as palm oil, or soy. They are put into cages, while their bodies are made sick and used for scientific research. My work is encouraged by the belief that if humans witness the innocence and beauty of these animals, they will realize more and more what they have lost due to technology, overpopulation, and the rejection of nature, perhaps we will stop endangering them. This is the story of the rescue of the Indicator Species, in which certain sanctuaries focus on achieving conservation of a particular animal, and along with it the status of many other species which share it’s habitat are saved.

Annie Marie Musselman



Leaving The Forest, Nyaru Menteng, Sanctuary Borneo




Orangutan in The Sun, Nyaru Menteng, Sanctuary Borneo




Palm Oil Deforestation, Borneo




Holding On, Nyaru Menteng, Sanctuary Borneo




My Friend, Nyaru Menteng, Sanctuary Borneo




In The Nursery, Nyaru Menteng, Sanctuary Borneo




Wanto #1, Nyaru Menteng, Sanctuary Borneo


More images and other projects can be found on Annie Marie Musselman’s website.

“Annie Marie was born south of Seattle in a quiet town surrounded by deep forests and cold water. As a child, she trailed behind her father as he captured the landscape in watercolors. She majored in studio art at a small Midwestern college, and spent a year studying photography in Marseilles, France. Her first personal project, Finding Trust, started 7 years ago at a wildlife sanctuary near Seattle. It has been featured in several magazines and exhibitions, “I strive to confront the destructive side of human impact on the survival of all wild creatures.” Currently she is working on a project photographing animals in specific sanctuaries around the world to raise awareness of the fragility and beauty of endangered/indicator species – animals which if saved, would save countless other species as well. Annie’s work can be seen in American Photography 25, Outside, National Geographic Magazine, Harper Collins, Elle, Travel + Leisure, The New York Times and Newsweek among others.”