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?