Thursday, October 3, 2013

Robin Schwartz

I came across the photographs by Robin Schwartz of her daughter Amelia a few weeks ago and was blown away. Schwartz has documented her daughters special bond with the animal world throughout her childhood and into her young adult life. The photos are surreal and radiate a sense of calm. Schwartz's daughter is like a contemporary Mowgli from the Jungle Book. Her trust for the animal kingdom shows no bounds. She seems to have a special affiliation for monkeys.
I am very envious of Amelia's World.
"My photographs are drawn from real journeys undertaken with my daughter, Amelia. I am driven to depict relationships with animals but the photographs are not documents; they are evidence of the invented worlds that we explore and the fables we enact together. Photography gives us the opportunity to access our dreams, to discover the extraordinary. 
Animals and interspecies relationships have always been an important part of my work. Animals in my photographs are not represented as beastly or noble, or as props to illustrate human life but as part of our everyday world. 
My daughter and I share an affinity with the animal kingdom and we play out our fantasies and explore our eccentricities by creating a cultural space where animals not only co-exist with humans, but also interact as full partners. The animals in the photographs are living creatures, participants in the dramas that the photographs capture. The world that my daughter and I explore is one where the line between human and animal overlaps or is blurred, where animals are part of our world and humans are part of theirs. " - Robin Schwartz

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