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An anthropological research of the Hindu tradition to celebrate the harvest and bovine sacredness.
Art painted on a walking canvas: the cow is carrying the painting while being the painting itself. The project was a long course of study and travel, which lasted five years, to obtain the largest possible repertoire of an art that is disappearing and to leave testimony of it. This research led to produce 92 images of holy cows, exploring several Indian states —Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Uttar, Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Rajasthan — visiting their high-density rural villages to find the cows dressed up for the celebration of Pongal, Wangala, Holi festivals.
One IKEA in northwest London decided to set 100 cats loose in their massive store as an “experiment”. The result is a delightful montage of furry faces running, leaping, poking and snugging through the many home decor items. Using the family pet as an embodiment of the word “home”, IKEA has the kitties do all the shopping before the owners get there, just to make certain everything is nice and comfy.
As founder of The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.), exotic animal trainer Dr. Bhagavan Antle has a unique opportunity to come face-to-face with a number of Bengal tigers on a daily basis. As a result of this direct contact, he has developed an extensive portrait series of the incredibly powerful animals extremely up-close.
It’s easy to gloss over the world of taxidermy, pigeonholing the people who practice the craft as morbid morticians of the animal kingdom. Photographer Mike McGregor would disagree with you, however.
Photo and caption by Swayamsiddha Mohapatra (Mumbai, India); Photographed February 2013, Masai Mara, Narok County, Kenya
Catherine Ledner has photographed a wide variety of subjects, “cats to kids, celebrities to orangutans,” as she states on her website. Her “Wild Animals” series includes a kangaroo, a raccoon, a turtle, an owl, a lion and many more. But Ledner told PDN via email, “Of all the animals I’ve photographed, the turkey proved to be the most illusive. We had to chase the turkey all over my studio. It kept getting out of the pen and the handlers resorted to running around in circles. We finally got it done. When all the animals left for the day I found turkey feathers everywhere.”
The responsibilities of being president are many, but few are as incongruous with the gravity of the job as the yearly blessing of a wide-breasted white turkey, scoring them a pass from the chopping block. Normally seen in pictures posing with the most influential individuals in the world, come November our nation’s esteemed leader is patting the knobby, bobbing head of a confused bird.
The tradition’s origins are, like most things, shrouded in a vast government conspiracy to hide the truth. Some rumors claim the tradition started as far back as Lincoln, when his son Tad implored him to write out a presidential pardon for the Christmas turkey. In 1873, during Grant’s presidency, a Rhode Island man named Horace Vose began the tradition of presenting the president with a stand-out turkey for his Thanksgiving feast, though these usually still ended up on the dinner table.
In 1947 the National Turkey Federation took over the annual presentation under Truman, and in 1963, with the words “We’ll just let this one grow,” President Kennedy spared the life of a bird presented to him with a sign around its neck reading “Good Eating, Mr. President!” It was pure photo-op gold and each future president has since clamored to pose with the funny looking fowl.