MEMENTO MORI FotoVisura “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -- Ghandi   These images record the last moments of life for some dogs found in public pounds run by governmental agencies in Taiwan. These portraits are taken... http://sm.fotovisura.com/53677.medium.jpg “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -- Ghandi   These images record the last moments of life for some dogs found in public pounds run by governmental agencies in Taiwan. These portraits are taken on the very day in which the animal depicted is about to be put down or mercifully killed. These images are but a small fraction of the total body of work in this ongoing project. Utilizing the classic portrait style that originated in the early 19th century with the birth of photography as an art form these photographs offer the viewer a chance to look attentively into a bleak future. These dogs are essential dead and their souls are hours, minutes away from non-existence. These portraits reflect a formal construct or platform through which the viewer and the dog “communicate” using exchanged gazes to create a forced contemplation. Photographic images allow us to contemplate. Through contemplation we gain an understanding of the uniqueness and nobility of life. Through contemplation we understand how chaotic and disordered the world has become. The tyranny of human has caused and today is still causing an amount of pain and suffering over nonhuman animals. Nonhuman animals should be treated as independent sentient beings that they are, and not as a means to human being.   People should consider animal rights as a moral issue rather than appealing to emotional affection. As Peter Singer wrote in his Animal Liberation, “The portrayal of those who protest against cruelty to animals as sentimental, emotional “animal-lovers” has had the effect of excluding the entire issue of our treatment of nonhumans from serious political and moral discussion.” The purpose of this project is to arouse people’s awareness of animals rights and make people think through, carefully and consistently, the question of how we ought to treat nonhuman animals. The animals themselves are incapable of demanding their own liberation, or of protesting against their condition with votes, demonstrations, or boycotts. We have to speak up on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. The photographic image is merely a vehicle of communication that can lead to a better understanding of a situation, an event, of ourselves and of the world around us. In viewing these specific images, one looks directly into the eyes of the dog and the dog looks back. These images reflect the last opportunity to look. This is a final and decisive moment. Death is eminent and all that is asked of the viewer is to engage, to recognize the common bonds and to honor the resemblances between our lives.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” --Ghandi

 

These images record the last moments of life for some dogs found in public pounds run by governmental agencies in Taiwan. These portraits are taken on the very day in which the animal depicted is about to be put down or mercifully killed. These images are but a small fraction of the total body of work in this ongoing project.

Utilizing the classic portrait style that originated in the early 19th century with the birth of photography as an art form these photographs offer the viewer a chance to look attentively into a bleak future. These dogs are essential dead and their souls are hours, minutes away from non-existence. These portraits reflect a formal construct or platform through which the viewer and the dog “communicate” using exchanged gazes to create a forced contemplation.

Photographic images allow us to contemplate. Through contemplation we gain an understanding of the uniqueness and nobility of life. Through contemplation we understand how chaotic and disordered the world has become.

The tyranny of human has caused and today is still causing an amount of pain and suffering over nonhuman animals. Nonhuman animals should be treated as independent sentient beings that they are, and not as a means to human being.

 

People should consider animal rights as a moral issue rather than appealing to emotional affection. As Peter Singer wrote in his Animal Liberation, “The portrayal of those who protest against cruelty to animals as sentimental, emotional “animal-lovers” has had the effect of excluding the entire issue of our treatment of nonhumans from serious political and moral discussion.”

The purpose of this project is to arouse people’s awareness of animals rights and make people think through, carefully and consistently, the question of how we ought to treat nonhuman animals. The animals themselves are incapable of demanding their own liberation, or of protesting against their condition with votes, demonstrations, or boycotts. We have to speak up on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.

The photographic image is merely a vehicle of communication that can lead to a better understanding of a situation, an event, of ourselves and of the world around us.

In viewing these specific images, one looks directly into the eyes of the dog and the dog looks back. These images reflect the last opportunity to look. This is a final and decisive moment. Death is eminent and all that is asked of the viewer is to engage, to recognize the common bonds and to honor the resemblances between our lives.

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  • Re: Congrats to this proyect. Apart from being...

    It is heartbreaking, you can tell the photographer took some to interact, connect with each of the dogs. You can see a bit of each one's personality, the curiosity revealed in each photograph. It brought tears to my eyes, and a feeling of helplessness as well. The poor wee creatures, so sad to know that each one has been lost. If only we humans took as much care of our fellow human beings and our fellow creatures, and didn't treat them so cavalierly. That said, I know some people turn in their pets because they can no longer afford them, but neither do I advocate for the bloodless attitude of those who deny the poor the ability to have a pet. I loathe the nasty, condescending way so called pet advocates treat poor human beings, as though they were less than, and at the same time, said advocates don't really seem to care about the animals either.

    By: Mares2 07/07/12


  • Re: Congrats to this proyect. Apart from being...

    This is so heart breaking. My wife and I have a few dogs but we care for them so much and everyday we make sure that they are happy and know they are loved. The only thing they want is to be loved and to love us. My wife and I look at them as our children. When one of them gets sick we take them to the vet almost right away so that they can heal. Any animals life's purpose especially dogs and cats is to simply give us the love and attention that we look for everyday. My parents dog passed away a few weeks ago. I have never seen my own father cry in my entire life until he lost his dog, a man who was trained by the United States Air Force. When we visited them their home felt so different and it didn't feel right without their dog. My mother was never a dog lover until she retired, she cared for their dog so much she made clothes for her from a coat to wear during the winter to sleeping clothing. I know when I lost my first dog it took me weeks to heal far longer than healing from the loss of a family member. We are no longer humans, we have become evil in our own ways, we allow ourselves to over populate the world but we want to control everything else such as controlling animal populations without ever looking at ourselves.

    By: Chuck 07/06/12


  • Congrats to this proyect. Apart from being really very good photos, this is really a very good idea to help these amazing animals. I am looking forward to do the same in my hometown to try to create at least in some people a bit more concern not leaving the dogs in the street.

    By: Juan 07/05/12