Photographs of Elderly Animals by Isa Leshko

    Photographer Isa Leshko is travelling across the United States visiting sanctuaries to photograph animals that are elderly or at the end stage of their lives. Leshko has been especially drawn toward photographing farm animals because they typically do not live out their natural life spans. She was intrigued to observe animals that actually reached a geriatric age and started photographing them. Leshko plans to photograph a wide range of species, both wild and domesticated as the series progresses.
    ISA-LESHKO
    Writes the photographer:
    I began the series as a means of exploring my feelings about my mother’s decline due to Alzheimer’s Disease. As I’ve worked on this project, though, I’ve come to realize that these images are a testament to survival and endurance. And they raise questions about what it means to be elderly.


    Blue, Australian Kelpie, Age 19, I
    Blue, Australian Kelpie, Age 19,
    Embden Goose, Age 28, II
    Embden Goose, Age 28.
    Kelly, Irish Wolfhound, Age 11
    Kelly, Irish Wolfhound, Age 11
    Red, Chow Mix, Age 14+
    Red, Chow Mix, Age 14+
    Rooster, Age Unknown
    Rooster, Age Unknown
    Handsome One, Thoroughbred Horse, Age 33
    Handsome One, Thoroughbred Horse, Age 33
    Teresa, Yorkshire Pig, Age 13
    Teresa, Yorkshire Pig, Age 13
    Pumpkin, Morgan Arabian Horse, Age 28
    Pumpkin, Morgan Arabian Horse, Age 28
    Finn Sheep, Both Age 12
    Finn Sheep, Both Age 12
    Marino, Bronze Turkey, Age 5
    Marino, Bronze Turkey, Age 5

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