A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of working with Raquel at First Coast No More Homeless Pets to arrange photographing the Art Unleashed 2011 fund raising event. Overall, the event raised $30,000 which helps to pay for spaying/neutering animals to help keep the animal population down, which leads to less euthanizations. I’m happy to have learned that Jacksonville is so close to becoming a no-kill community and it’s because of wonderful organizations like First Coast No More Homeless Pets that this has become closer to a reality. Click here to visit FCNMHP’s website.
This year, I also donated a piece of work to the Art Unleashed Auction. Im not sure if it sold but it was a piece of work that was close to me. This photograph was taken of Jayda, my oldest dog, wearing a blazer and sitting in front of my computer. The room was dark and only lit with a pin light and my computer. It was shot on 35mm B&W Kodak Tri-X film. The photograph represents the darkness and depression that I felt working at home in a place where I had no family and friends. I never got out of the house. My existence was simple at home. For years. I know many people can look at this and not understand it, which is what I think makes the piece so great, but also, even if you don’t understand it, I think most people can look at it and what they see invokes some type of dark emotion, which was the point behind the project.