Elderly Animals — What a Lovely, Lovely Video

January 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM Leave a comment

Isa Leshko photographs elderly animals:

Elderly Animals

(Screenshot from the Walley Films video: Photographs by Isa Leshko via IsaLeshko.com)

I am creating these photographs in order to take an unflinching look at aging and mortality. My maternal grandmother had dementia during her later years, and now my mom has it. I am scared of developing Alzheimer’s disease and I get nervous whenever I lose my keys or forget a person’s name. Photographing geriatric animals enables me to immerse myself in my fear of growing old. I have come to realize that these images are self-portraits. Or at the very least, they are manifestations of my fears and hopes about what I will be like when I am old.

I also want my images to inspire greater empathy toward animals, particularly farm animals. It is very rare for a farm animal to actually live its full natural lifespan given that most of these animals experience brutality and death early in their lives. By depicting the beauty and dignity of these creatures in their later years, I want to encourage people to question and challenge the way farm animals are currently treated.

Go here to watch a lovely video about Leshko’s work (screenshot, above, taken from the video) and go here to see stills.

A friend’s rescued, 11-year-old greyhound (her “heart dog“) has but days to live as he’s dying of cancer.  My next door neighbor’s 68-year-old brother died last Thursday, just as she was flying to Arizona to see him.  My husband was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia in March. For some reason, the universe directed me to this video today, when I can really use it.

Thank you Isa Leshko.

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Entry filed under: Animals (Other Than Us), Musings.

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