"Elephant Trophy 2010"
Photograph from Trophies project. The photographs explore the existence of creatures killed for show. I capture their tragic story of innocence, anger, and fear through the expressions forced upon them by taxidermists and then modified by the lens. The animals emerge from a large black void that symbolizes death and forces us to imagine their missing bodies. I give them back their power through the photographs by choice of harsh, dramatic lighting. Within each photograph, the animals seem to speak to us; some are vengeful, threatening, angry, innocent, yet other are majestic and even calm.