Examining social and environmental issues through the animal kingdom.
I create projects focusing on social environmental issues, with a special interest in the impact humankind has upon nature and the animal kingdom. Endowed with resilient mechanisms for survival, animals and nature possess the ability to continually adapt and yield to changing circumstances; yet their innate and intelligent systems of proficiency, are continually being stressed under the actions of humankind. My purpose is to create stories that provoke deep consideration and reverence, towards the preservation and responsible stewardship of our environment and the sentient beings that inhabit our world.
"Reclaimed" illustrates the conflict between nature and humankind, and addresses the challenge of implementing solutions that are in harmony with our environment. The pictures in this series, considers the practice of deer composting performed by the Department of Transportation in Ulster County NY, which composts over 800 deer carcasses a year.
"Clinical Hope" focuses on dogs diagnosed with terminal cancer, with special attention to the clinical trial drug PAC-1. An anti-cancer agent originally formulated for dogs, which is now being translated to human cancer patients with aggressive malignant tumors. In the new frontier of cancer therapies, man's best friend continues to serve humanity by functioning as an important role model for progressive cancer therapies.
"Considered" centers on family owned Animal Welfare Approved farms, that raise animals for food with the highest ethical and environmental standards. In order for farms to become certified, specific criteria must be met for the biological and psychological welfare of each species. Less than 1% of animals raised for food, are treated in this manner.
Every year, an estimated 300 million animals are illegally imported into the US to be sold as exotic pets. Most exotic animals retain their natural instincts, behaviors, and dietary attributes. Even those captivity bred, remain wild. Without proper care, these animals experience unnecessary disease and distress. "Displaced" is a look at the efforts of The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine in NYC, as they tend to these delicate animals who have been removed from their natural habitats and transplanted into a foreign environment.
HIT AND RUN
As road density increases, wildlife habitats are destroyed and fragmented into smaller, more isolated plots. Animals are unable to meet their biological needs, and as a result, a variety of species are now threatened with extinction. "Hit and Run" documents the fallen creatures along the wooded roadways of Westchester County.