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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

This short film and the photographs on the web page were very moving. Isa Leshko is a photographer. In addition to the short film and the photographs of elderly animals, she has some "thrills and chills" pictures of amusement park rides. She does poignant and elegant work. I think she has found the dignity and the wisdom of these "elder" animals.

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SARAWALKS 6/22/2013 7:55AM

    Thanks for sharing - I shared on Facebook - "respect for life" takes a beautiful form here emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/19/2013 11:59AM

    I find it comforting that someone has provided them a good home. Bless the people who do this.

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SHIRAZSOLLY 6/14/2013 12:02PM

    Very sweet. Thank you. I wanted to point out, though, that the ewe at the beginning was just shorn. No doubt her owner wanted her to be cool, and after a winter she probably was full of straw and sticks, but there was no attempt to make her coat look smooth. So yes, she did walk with clearly arthritic hips, but her coat was probably not as pathetic as it looked. However- that said, I do recognize the owner also no doubt weighed the ewe's dislike of the shears and discomfort against the need for beauty. When I had sheep, there were several I used to turn loose that really didn't look very nice rather than have them be unhappy any longer than necessary.

There is a definite transference process that happens as well as a love for the animals as who they are. After my father died suddenly and my mother could do NOTHING to help him, she poured ungodly amounts of efforts into keeping her dog going. (And she still is.) This dog is a testament to medicine and science, but certainly not to nature.

There have were so many times when I went out into the sheep and goat barn when I was unhappy about something and sat with them or even spent the night with them. After I miscarried my own third child, one of my ewes had three stillborns and could not birth them. I was afraid so I hoped she would deliver them herself. I waited too long to do it and she developed a fever. So I finally donned a to-the-elbow glove and took care of it. (I've done this since, but she was the first one.) I nursed her back to health afterwards. When my father died, she remembered. She'd see me crying in the fields and she'd come up to me. Literally. I do not lie. Sheep are not as dumb as people say they are.

They also recognize the love and joy when someone gently, truly plays with their babies - as opposed to chasing them.

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1SALMON1 6/13/2013 12:29AM

    oh beauty. made me cry...

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MONETRUBY 6/12/2013 9:31PM

    Her statement about the project was so moving. We live in a society that tries as much as possible to deny aging, put it off as long as possible, and even seems to punish those who grow old, as though it is a disease one should avoid at all costs. Aging and death are as much a part of life as birth. We should not turn away, but acknowledge that they are there, and accept them as part of the whole human experience.

Thank you for sharing this, it was so moving.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/12/2013 11:45AM

    Will have to check it out at home... work blocked the site.

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AEROBISAURUS 6/12/2013 8:00AM

    I couldn't watch the film from my computer. The bf is using the nice one with the sound card in it, so I'll wait to view that. I did check out the Thrills and for some reason I just love the one with the girl on the rabbit carousel, it's got a weird eerie to it.

Thanks for sharing!
Nikki :)

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MUSCLE-UP 6/11/2013 11:01PM

    I am weeping. This really touched my heart. I have always wanted animals and people to be with me always, and it just isn't to be. Love where the artist received her inspiration.

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LIBBYL1 6/11/2013 10:38PM

  There is so much tenderness in these photographs... Thank you

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PARASELENIC 6/11/2013 10:05PM

    That was tragic and divine.

Thank you.

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KENWANNE2013 6/11/2013 8:56PM

    Really liked the film - thank you.

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