Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals Overview
This first monograph by Lexington-based photographer Sharon Lee Hart is a book of black-and-white portraits of rescued farm animals, accompanied by handwritten stories by sanctuary workers.
A lifelong vegetarian, Hart considers farm animals “some of the most abused, overlooked animals on the planet.”
For this project, she traveled to sanctuaries in Virginia, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, and New York State to document “the lucky few who are free to live out their lives in peace.”
Not surprisingly, after spending time with the animals, she discovered that each had its unique personality. “Some are quirky or funny, while others sensitive, shy, playful, intelligent, mischievous, or curious. And all seemed to have complex emotional lives.”
These characteristics come through in Hart’s poignant photographs. Essays are by Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns; Kathy Stevens, founder of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary; and Gene Bauer, founder of Farm Sanctuary.
About the Author
Sharon Lee Hart is the photographer for this book. The collection of essays has multiple authors, see above.
“[among the photographs] are loving tributes and stories about animals who have touched the lives of those around them, as told from the sanctuary owners and workers themselves. It’s a beautiful compilation, guaranteed to make you smile and tear up all at the same time.
Each day millions of animals are treated as mere things, to be used and discarded at the whim of humans. It can be an overwhelming thing once you open your eyes to it. This book is a reminder, a touching and beautiful reminder, of what we are all working so hard to achieve; freedom and autonomy for all animals. I can’t recommend this book enough.”
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