"I disengaged from my self in order to focus wholly on what was happening all around me. I focused on my breathing, steadied my hand, and clicked. And now you see."
"I was overwhelmed by the suffering of millions at the fish market that night. I stood dumbly and filmed for hours but every fiber of my being was screaming for mercy - theirs and mine."
"She caught my eye as I walked past the endless rows of cages at this commercial egg farm in Taiwan. It was unclear how she had escaped but almost a certainty that it would not last for long."
"In documenting animal industries, I’ve come to learn that the details may change but the essentials never do."
What could we learn from this tragedy if we focused, instead, on the millions of animals that had been excluded from the death toll and the massive farming systems that had kept them there? That was the question we came to ask.
As we walked back to the car, I used my LitePanel to light the way in the dark, so as to avoid stepping on little crabs, washed up jellyfish, garbage, plastics, and broken glass. We walked in silence, navigating the trash and thinking about the washed-up calf, a symbol of all that's wrong with the live shipping industry.