The Book: Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals
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About the Book: This first monograph by Lexington–based photographer Sharon Lee Hart is a book of dignified black-and-white portraits of rescued farm animals, accompanied by handwritten stories by sanctuary workers. A long term vegetarian turned vegan, 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 inquisitive. 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 Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary.
About the Author: Sharon Lee Hart was born in Washington, D.C. and teaches photography at the University of Kentucky. Hart earned her MFA from the University of North at Chapel Hill and her BFA from Maine College of Art. She recently received a grant from the Tennessee State Art Commission and an activist award for her “Sanctuary” project from PhotoPhilanthropy. She has exhibited her photographs and mixed media work throughout the country.
The One Green Planet Verdict: Sharon Lee Hart has beautifully encapsulated the stories of both the rescued farm animals photographed and those moved by their experiences as caretakers in Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals.
In Hart’s book sanctuary workers share intimate details about rescued cows, ducks, goats, horses, sheep, and chickens. From Karen Davis, founder of United Poultry Concerns, we learn that a rescued duck named Arnold enjoys spaghetti and hanging around with the chickens. Terry Cummings, Co-Founder of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, assures us a rescued sheep named Hickory is likely to greet us for a pet and a hug should we ever visit the farm.
The detailed stories along with carefully captured portraits reveal the spirit of each photographed animal. As someone who has been vegan for years I was moved to tears by these stories of triumph and rescue. Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals also serves as an approachable coffee table book allowing any reader to learn of farm animal abuse and the sanctuary movement.
10% of the proceeds from books sold through Sharon Lee Hart’s website will be donated to the sanctuaries depicted within the book.
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We live in a world where gentle, innocent animals are merely products that people toss into their grocery store shopping carts. There is never a thought about that product having once been a unique individual that had experienced a life, with preferences, emotions, and memories.
The book “Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals” causes a mind shift by showing us that all of these individual animals have different personalities with varied characteristics and a unique life story. These particular individuals are among the very few lucky ones to escape the fate of slaughter and are in the loving care of various farm animal sanctuaries. Obviously, the majority of farm animals are not so lucky but they are represented here in the faces and stories of those in the book.
Sharon Hart’s photography portrays each animal with a respect for who they are, and consideration for what each has endured before being rescued. The beautiful black and white photographs of each one of these animals introduces us to an individual, and their hand written story which accompanies each photo helps us to relate to “Mary Jane” the pig, or “Norman” the cow, at least as easily as we do our own pets.
Surely, through such a lovely, heart-warming book such as this, people will become more mindful about participating in the cruelty and suffering inflicted upon some of the most innocent, gentlest, but most abused animals in the world.