Nature in Passing
This body of work began in 2006 when I was living in rural British Columbia. I drove a stretch of Highway 95 every day. One week in early autumn I counted three new dead animals every day 21 animals killed in just seven days. One of the animals struck and killed by a vehicle was a young female coyote. Her body lay out on the side of the road in front of my house; I felt compelled to pull her body from the road and photograph her. That experience moved me to begin documenting the remains of animals that have died as result of an interaction with humans.
Soon, photographs seemed insufficient to express the anxiety, frustration and sadness I was feeling. I started collecting their corpses and arranging them in the tradition of a still life in order to create an image on which I could meditate. These photos are intended to display the beauty of wild animal bodies and the tragic consequences of human apathy.