This project started almost two decades ago when I happened to witness a chained monkey performing tricks for tourists. While people took photos because they thought it was funny and cute, I took photos because I thought it was wrong, and I wanted the world to know. It crystalized for me then, that I saw the world differently than most, and that my views on animal use and abuse needed to be shared. I could use my photography skills to tell the stories of the animals we share our world with--stories that were so rarely being told. Now, dozens of countries and hundreds of investigations later, the We Animals archive exposes both the beauty and the brutality of other animals in our human environment.
I have always allowed my images to be used free of charge because, above all, I want the stories of animals to be told. My photos have been used by brilliant advocates from all over the world and by organizations big and small. My work has been featured in exhibits, magazines, newspapers, books, blogs, videos, and the award-winning documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine. In 2014 I released my own book, which Jane Goodall complimented (I think?) as "powerfully disturbing." My forthcoming book, Unbound, which I'm thrilled to be working on with my co-author Professor Keri Cronin, is a global look at women on the front lines of animal advocacy.
I want my images to continue to be used freely and as far and wide as possible, which is why I'm asking for your help. With a stable funding base, not only can I stop taking commercial gigs to finance We Animals, but I can people to help get my images before an even wider audience (I'm so busy taking photos, editing, writing and planning that I barely find the time to actually share these stories!)
My goal is a stable funding base of $10,000 per month. With this, I can:
- Pay for investigations and other animal-related travel, including planes, trains and automobiles (I'm on the road AT LEAST six months a year), accommodations, food, photography and filming equipment, repairs, hard drives, insurance, and so forth.
- Manage and keep adding to weanimalsarchive.org, a free resource of thousands of high-resolution images of animals that have already been used in hundreds of campaigns around the world.
- Take on longer term projects that allow me and the We Animals team to shine a spotlight on individual industries with books and social media projects. In 2017, I'm releasing my second book, Captive, and running a companion social media project, A Year of Captivity.
- Hire people to help me with web development, social media, shooting, videography, project management, organizational growth, newsletters and other communications; and scheduling the We Animals Humane Education Programs and a growing number of speaking events.
Thank you so much for reading, thank you for your support thus far, and thank you for becoming a patron of We Animals! Together, I'm optimistic we will create a more compassionate world for all.
The images you see in the video above were shot for, and with, the following films and organizations: The Ghosts in Our Machine, Maximum Tolerated Dose, Farm Sanctuary, Essere Animali, Animal Equality, Animal Liberation Victoria, the Jane Goodall Institute, Djurrattsalliansen and Oikeutta Elaimille.