'Owls Know Everything' by Sham Jolimie is a series of striking owl photos that were shot at various locations in Malaysia. The series shows these beautiful birds in all their charismatic facets. Soft and savage. Fluffy and fierce. Little and lethal.
The owl portraits demonstrate why these birds of prey are always depicted as wise and all-knowing in popular culture. Their deep soulful gaze seems to shine with intelligence. Owls may be cute, but they are wild nocturnal animals of predatory nature. Owls are not meant to be pets. Some sanctuaries house rescued owls that are not able to return to the wild. Those particular types of owls are sometimes put on display for educational purposes.
Certain wild animal conservation programs protect populations of endangered owls. However, this is in no way an endorsement of keeping the beautiful owls in captivity. In many countries, owning an owl as a pet is illegal.
The author of the bird photography series Shamma Esoof is also known to her fans as Sham Jolimie. She's an artist and photographer from Mauritius island. In her art, she seeks to portray animals with the dignity and respect that they deserve. In parallel to her career as an artist, Shamma works in the humanitarian field and is an animal welfare advocate.