MISSION

UNWANTED PROJECT documents horses that were once ‘unwanted’ bi-products of irresponsible ownership and overbreeding from pharma organizations, meat producers, and the racing and horse show industries. We connect viewers with cause-based fine art photography and finely crafted goods that educate the public, raise awareness about the plight of American horses, and provide funding for horse rescues. 

A percentage of all print sales are donated to rescues in need.

BACKSTORY

Although this project is not about me, I feel it’s important to give an idea of my experience in documenting this story. Several years ago, I stumbled upon the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in NY and learned that high production agribusiness animals are very much like our dogs and cats. They strive for our love and affection and need companionship as much as we do.  After that realization, I wasn’t going to give another cent to facilities where these animals are cruelly born, bred, and mistreated for the short duration of their lives. Before I left the Sanctuary, I had decided to stop eating meat and dairy.

A few years later, my father introduced me to Cracker Box Palace, a horse rescue in Alton, NY. It was snowing that day, allowing silence to envelop the hilltop pasture. I walked out into the plush white field, camera slung around my neck,  not knowing how they would react to me or the device in my hand.  

I found myself surrounded by giant yet gentle and curious creatures. Listening to the breath, I innately knew that there was nothing to fear.  I found my breath synchronizing with theirs.  I could feel a connection to them and a sense of belonging -(perhaps because I had spent too many years walking the concrete jungle with no connection to nature –maybe I was having an extreme yin/yang reaction). Whether it was that or just a true spiritual connection, it brought me to a place of serenity that I needed.  But I didn’t know it until I walked with them.

My wish is for everyone to have access to this fundamental connection with our natural world and its inhabitants.  And so the Unwanted Project was created to preserve horses wild and tame.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Over the past ten years, my wish to make positive change in the world has grown into an overwhelming desire to make it part of my everyday life.   It has become inordinately important for me to be an active part of improving the condition of our world.  My hope is that this project will grow, touching the lives of many more people and animals than I can reach alone.

I have been following rescued horses for over six years now. During my first visit to a rescue in upstate New York, I felt an intrinsic connection to their horses. I had been exposed to animal abuse cases in the past and turned a blind eye because I felt like there was nothing I could do and that it only served to bring me down.  It was easy to think that I shouldn’t look, instead of thinking that I should do something.

But, when met with a rescued horse’s calm, companion spirited, and trusting nature, every cell in my body shifted and a new thought emerged.  What would our world be like without them? It was an alarming thought. I knew I had to make an impact…and so with an unyielding inclination to protect them, I began the UNWANTED project. 

Horses have served to beautify our lands, act as a mode of transit and farming, can become our loving companions and therapists, and are a symbol of our American heritage.  It is hard for me to comprehend that our “thank you” entails sending them by the hundreds, to an inhumane death and most likely onto the dinner plate of a caged lion at a local zoo.  But perhaps the most important notion is that horses can be used to heal us, ultimately, improving our lives and theirs in a way that wouldn’t require a regime of drug use.

A much better alternative than zoo feed.  Consequently, the heart and soul of the project has become about the healing relationship between human and horse, and the importance that should be placed on preserving it.   

Through UNWANTED, we educate the public and raise awareness about the plight of our horses today, donate a percentage of sales to horse rescues in need and decorate homes with beautiful images that are truly meaningful. UNWANTED documents rescued horses that were once ‘unwanted’ bi-products of irresponsible ownership and overbreeding from pharmaceutical organizations, meat producers, and the racing and horse show industries.