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I’m exploring another way to bring the animal images to the public – wheatpasting. Wheatpaste is the glue used in crafts like paper-marche, collage and book binding. It is simply a mixture of flour and water. Often a popular method used by advertisers and street artists, wheatpasting is pretty much the same as wallpapering. Also known as “flyposting” and “poster bombing” around the world.
Working towards better appreciation of our wildlife was one of the reasons I started to photograph animals. And I wanted to do it at a very basic level – simple, straightforward photos of animals – much like the picture cards or the learning wall charts we played with as kids. Putting up giant images of these animals up on external walls of buildings, is a way to bring the images out from the gallery and onto the streets.
The nice people at Objectifs Centre of Photography and Filmmaking was sooo kind and allowed me to put up the first 4-metre goldfish (from The Fish Book) on their stairwell wall! More giant animals images are in the works so I am definitely looking for more wall space. Would anyone like to tip me off, or offer their wall?
The Animal Book Co. promotes animal appreciation through photography and one of our main roles is to support animal welfare organisations with photography they can use for communications and awareness. Right now, we have worked with organisations like the Action for Singapore Dogs(ASD) Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) and Veterinarians Without Borders Canada(VWB).
It doesn’t matter if they’re big or small, wet or dry, furry or scaly—we’re all about bringing animal appreciation to a whole new level! In a world where we’re permanently glued to our mobile phones, we often forget to stop, look up and truly appreciate the unexpected moments of beauty found on our fragile, blue planet. After all, have you ever been in a staring contest with a goldfish or an arrogant cockerel swaggering down a courtyard?
Photography gives the individual a special privilege to observe and then present the subject in a different light. Showing that difference is at the very heart of what we do, as seeing another side and perspective gives us more knowledge to act upon decisions. Decisions that will encourage the survival, rather than extinction of more animal species!
“The details of their fur or feathers and their behaviours hide so many secrets we are yet to discover.”