Photographer Yun-Fei Tou has captured these heartbreaking portraits of stray dogs just moments before they are put down in an animal shelter in Taiwan. And he has done quite a job…
The images are taken in government-run shelters in Taiwan and show the dogs as little as thirty minutes before workers humanely put them down.
The photographer has used human portrait techniques to bring the dogs’ faces fully to life, in an effort to help viewers to “witness the decay of life moments before death” in the animals’ expressions. Discussing the series, titled Memento Mori (Latin for “remember you will die”), Mr. Tou said:
These nameless animals, by virtue of the size at which they are printed and the approximations to human scale, are transformed into existence… The status of power between humans and other sentient beings, those considered “the other”, is diminished.
Not one of the animals in the series has been named. They have only been identified by the times of their death, which vary from 14 hours to 29 minutes after the shots were taken.
1. This dog, photographed in a Taiwanese pound, died just under two hours after this photograph was taken.
2. Photograph Yun-Fei Tou used portrait techniques to emphasize the facial expressions of the doomed animals. This dog was killed 43 minutes after this picture was taken.
3. The dogs were all being held in publicly-run dog pounds in Taiwan. They were humanely killed — this dog 40 minutes after her photograph was taken.
4. The dogs in the photo series were all gathered up by dog pound workers, who then put them down.
5. This dog, emaciated and with patchy fur, gives the camera a sideways glance an hour and a quarter before its death.
6. Tou took the series to humanize the animals. This dog died just over an hour after the picture was taken.
7. The dogs’ final moments were captured in the photo series. This dog had the longest gap between photograph and its death — it was put down 13 hours later.
8. This black dog was killed around an hour and a half after the photograph was taken.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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