Day in Day Out

It’s been 2 years since I lost my beloved dogs Tusker and Ernie, and recently I have been perusing the Petfinder website in consideration of increasing the responsibility in my life, and giving a dog a forever home. However, as soon I reach out to inquire about a potential candidate, the dog has quickly become as “unavailable” as a 12 pack double roll of Scott’s toilet paper. Since COVID19, pet fosters and adoptions have increased exponentially and as this news is an uplifting and positive trend for shelters around the country, it’s also because people are wanting to fill the void of isolation. The cautionary tale is, that once life as we knew it slowly comes back into focus, these recently acquired pets will be faced with a new paradigm of an owner whose schedule is not one of being present with them the majority of the time.

One thing we must learn, is that many opportunities are present in this pandemic. Opportunity to contemplate something not previously considered before. What is it like, to experience life in captivity? To experience scarcity, and reduced variety and selection on a day to day basis, an ongoing basis, with no end in site? What I hope it has done, is shed some light on the experiences of animals in captivity. For animals used in entertainment, confined feeding operations, the travel entertainment industry. Their every day existence is one of being removed from their natural habitat, and from the necessary social interactions with their comrades and community, all to become a salve for our own sense of disconnection. COVID19 has put a spotlight on our priorities, our blessings, and what is fundamental for our emotional well being. We were not meant to live in a box devoid of physical social interaction with others and our environment, and it’s taking it’s toll.

From our shelter in place experience, we can now understand the despondency, depression, isolation, and altered behaviors that develop from the lack of the most fundamental needs of all sentient beings. True connection.

This entry was posted in News on by .

About Kuo Photo

Linda Kuo is a documentary photographer whose work centers on social-environmental issues, with a focus on the impact humankind has upon nature and the animal kingdom. It is the animal that solicits Kuo's projects, and most strongly connects her to the underlying sensibilities of her work. Linda feels that animals and nature are endowed with resilient mechanisms for survival, and posses the ability to continually adapt and yield to changing circumstances. However, their innate and intelligent systems of proficiency, are continually being stressed under the actions of humankind. With simplicity and openness, she hopes to create imagery that provokes consideration towards the preservation and responsible stewardship of our environment, and the sentient beings that inhabit our world. Linda has been nominated for PDN's 30: Emerging Photographers to Watch, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The London Sunday Times Magazine, Slate, and Photograph. Linda's photography has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, The Center for Fine Art Photography, and the Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography in Barcelona among other national and international exhibitions. In addition to photography, Linda is a certified yoga instructor specializing in rehabilitation and injury, passionate about the violin, and interested in Asian culture. Linda lives in New York with her family and continues to work on her long term projects.