It was worth waking up with the birds at 4:30 am, and it was also worth the 3.5 hour delay at the airport, to return to Brooklyn and see this series on #thefence2018 I’m enjoying meeting the other Fence artists and talking to visitors on walking tours. I’m grateful to @united_photo and @photovillenyc for organizing this exhibition and tonight’s opening celebration and walking tour. I’d love to see you here! The tour starts at 6:30.
I’m looking forward to participating in the #walkingtour of #thefence2018 at @brooklynbridgepark on July 19, organized by #unitedphotoindustries and #photovillenyc Check out my series on rescued chickens, meet other Fence artists and see their amazing work, and then join us for a #happyhour at the Brooklyn Heights Social Club at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Link to my portrait series in my profile and please consider voting it for the People’s Choice Award. Thanks!
During one of my volunteer shifts at the #wildbirdfundnyc I met a hen suffering from severe, chronic reproductive illness. As I searched for someone to adopt her and care for her special needs, I found a network of people who rescue chickens. I made this book to celebrate these chickens and their rescuers, raise money by donating 50% of my profits to help individual rescuers access veterinary care, and encourage people to see chickens as #familynotfood . #BlurbBestGift
Just like a child, Max loves running down the slope to greet his waiting family. Roosters are chivalrous, affectionate individuals who protect and serve their families. They deserve our respect and compassion. I met Max and his wonderful human Elaine in Norway last summer as part of my project on rescuers and their chickens. More portraits are on view as part of The Fence 2018, a multi-city outdoor photo exhibition. (The link in my profile will take you to the series and you can vote for it for the People’s Choice Award through FB by clicking on the Like button.)
Backyard chicken-keeping is trendy, but many of the cities that allow it prohibit roosters. So what happens when those fluffy chicks start crowing? Many of them are killed or abandoned, and sanctuaries are flooded with requests to take in “oops roosters.” Sweet Bree was dumped in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. He was lucky to be found and taken to the Wild Bird Fund, where volunteer Camille Licate fell in love and took him home to Brooklyn. When it became apparent that Bree was a boy, Camille moved out of the city to a place where she and Bree can share a life together. Now one of my portraits of Bree has returned to Brooklyn as part of The Fence 2018. If you’re in the NYC area, head over to DUMBO to see Bree as part of the largest, outdoor photography exhibition in North America. And if you like my series Is This My Beautiful House? please vote for it for People’s Choice through Facebook (link in bio). Thanks!
I am beyond thrilled to learn that portraits from my project on rescued chickens have been selected by Photoville’s jurors for #thefence2018 These portraits will be appear in public, outdoor exhibitions in eight cities in the US and Canada in the coming year. I’m so grateful to the jurors for selecting this series, since it means that millions of viewers will have the chance to see chickens as family not food. I encourage you to head over to fence.photoville.com to check out the amazing work by other artists, including especially the lovely series Blackbirds by my friend and former classmate @idrissolomon
Since I started my portrait project #whywouldanyonerescueachicken in 2017, I have learned so much about these amazing individuals: about what pleases them, how they form bonds with others, how they protect each other ... and how they suffer because of human appetites and unreflective habits. Since 2005, #unitedpoultryconcerns has encouraged society to honor chickens on May 4 - #internationalrespectforchickensday And so today I’m sharing one of my favorite portraits of Jade, Kile and their companion Agatha. Thank you for inviting me into your home to meet your wonderful chicken family.
In honour of #nationalshelterpetday here is a portrait taken a few years ago at the amazing SPCA de Puerto Vallarta. The SPCA welcomes visitors to the city a couple of times a week, and you csn go on a tour, snuggle some dogs and msybe even take one for a walk. You can also volunteer to accompany a dog to Alberta or British Columbia, where foster families help facilitate adoptions.
Who’s a pretty girl? Agatha, that’s who. But even if she weren’t beautiful, she deserves to be respected, loved and protected for herself, not for what humans think she should give them.
A couple of years ago, Catskill Animal Sanctuary resident Bartleby broke a foreleg while playing with one of his goat friends. But with loving care, he soon recovered and now enjoys exploring the Sanctuary and making new human and non-human friends as a member of the Underfoot Family (who roam the property in daylight hours). He’s very affectionate and is always up for a head or back-scratch, and he’ll gently stand on your foot if he thinks you haven’t loved him enough yet. Like Bartleby, I broke my foreleg this week, and I’m recovering with the real and virtual support of family and friends. No cast, thankfully, just a sling - and I hope to be hoisting a camera again soon.
Isn’t Rocky handsome? I think the world is a better place with him in it. Unfortunately, the egg industry (including large-scale, industrial facilities, so-called humane, cage-free farms, and backyard hen set-ups) views Rocky as a waste of space. So male chicks tend to be murdered as soon as possible. But it’s not always easy to identify a chicken’s gender at birth. And so we have the phenomenon of “oops roosters”. People discover they have a rooster, whom they do not want or cannot keep. The callous ones dump or kill their oops roosters. The ones who have grown attached to their boys overwhelm the rescue groups with requests to take in their oopsies. And then they go and buy more chicks and start the cycle all over again. There is no such thing as humane eggs. This Easter, please consider making a commitment to go egg-free. If you can’t imagine changing your diet all at once, plan to phase them out over time. A kinder world is within your hands - and heart.
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Buckles leans in for a cuddle with Rebecca. They are both featured in my photo book “Why Would Anyone Rescue a Chicken?” (link in my profile). Fifty percent of the profits are donated to help individuals like Rebecca cover veterinary care costs for their rescued hens and roosters.
Why are some animals considered family and others food? Roosters like Mario and Luigi (of Heartwood Haven) deserve our compassion, respect and protection just like dogs and cats. These #handsomefellas and their humans, Hope and Katya, are featured in my new photo book, Why Would Anyone Rescue a Chicken? 50% of my profits are donated to help individual rescuers pay for veterinary care for their chickens. A purchase link for the $19.99 book is in my profile. Thank you for your support!
My book Why Would Anyone Rescue a Chicken? is a tribute to the strong, fierce and gentle #veganwomen who open their hearts, homes and wallets to rescue and care for chickens. Fifty percent of my profits from this book are being donated to caregivers to cover #veterinarycare including in particular #reproductivehealth care for chickens. (Link to book in my profile.)
Temporarily living away from home, I miss daily snuggle time with my cats. Thankfully, Toronto dogs oblige me when I ask if I can say hello and stroke their soft ears. PSA: Dogs belong to themselves, and while some are eager to meet you, others are shy or fearful. I always ask their humans first before approaching a dog for a cuddle. It’s about respect for the dog’s bodily autonomy.