Dead drake wood duck; Heron’s Foot; Locustville, VA; November 2013

To Have Hunted

2013 – present

Hunting and fishing were central to my upbringing. When I was too small to crank a fishing reel or shoulder a gun, I cut bait for chum slicks or helped dogs retrieve fallen birds.

Many people assume that such activities must have distanced me from my animal quarry; to the contrary, I feel that my empathy and respect for other species was fundamentally informed by hunting and fishing, especially the former. Today, I remain fascinated and compelled by the hunting tradition as well as the moral complexity of the activity.

This body of work is an ongoing documentation of the life and death relationships (and challenging questions) that are so central to hunting.