Digital photography print on Hahnemühle Bamboo fine art paper
ABOUT THE WORK
For generations, donkeys are perceived as stubborn, stupid and strong for labor. The traditional Dutch saying goes 'even a donkey... Read More
For generations, donkeys are perceived as stubborn, stupid and strong for labor. The traditional Dutch saying goes 'even a donkey doesn't hit the same stone twice'. And as donkeys are not seen as the smartest animal, humans must be very stupid to make the same mistake twice. Donkeys don't pull our carriages or luggage anymore in the Netherlands, so they are put in pastures or petting zoos for children and often forgotten about. They may be more stubborn than our domesticated horse, but they are also smart, eager to learn and calm. The donkey remains an undervalued animal compared to other hobby animals or companion animals. Because the donkey is often still seen as an inferior animal, there is a lot of abuse and neglect, often due to a lack of knowledge.
Challenging our preconceived notions of animals in our society, her work ultimately invites us to take a closer, more reflective look into our own relationship with animals and the ways in which we navigate and inhabit our space with them.
My choice for Hahnemühle Bamboo Fine Art paper is based on the intention to decrease human impact and improve the sustainability of our world. Both through the subjects of photography and the way I create my art is aligned with the idea of having as little negative impact and keeping it natural and sustainable with limited edition prints on bamboo fibers. I see and capture the world and subjects as they are and how I see them in my documentary style photography. Naturally beautiful and sometimes painful when you start to think about what you are actually seeing and the impact of human choices on other lives and the world.