Friday, August 12, 2011

Cruelty Free Friday: We Animals

“Polar bear in captivity at the Toronto Zoo, 2005" 
 photograph by Jo-Anne McArthur

"We Animals is an ambitious project which documents, through (candid) photography, animals in the human environment. The title is intentionally broad in subject matter, interpretation and implication. The premise of the project is that humans are as much animal as the sentient beings we use for food, clothing, research, experimentation, work, entertainment, slavery and companionship. The goal of the project is to break down the barriers that humans have built which allow us to treat non-human animals as objects and not as sentient beings. My objective has been to photograph our interactions with animals in such a way that the viewer finds new significance in these ordinary, often unnoticed situations of use, abuse and sharing of spaces. The founder and photographer of this project is Jo-Anne McArthur, who is based in Toronto, Canada."

To learn more about We Animals, visit Jo-Anne's website and their Facebook page. For anyone lucky enough to be in Toronto this weekend, there will be an opening for the exhibition of photos entitled, "We Animals: Stories of Love and Liberation".

* I am now the proud collector of the Jo-Anne McArthur's photo featured above after being selected in The Ghosts In Our Machine sponsor give-away. I cannot wait to frame this amazing image and share it with my family and community at large.

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