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Parsons School of Design MFA Photography program theses2011 (PC020403.07) ➔ Between Dog and Wolf (Entre chien et loup)


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Parsons School of Design. Photography Department. (sponsoring body)
Aubrey Hays (photographer)


August 2011


Between Dog and Wolf, or in its original French entre chien et loup, pertains to a moment at sunrise or sunset when the light wavers in such a way that a dog on the horizon could perhaps be mistaken for the lurking shadow of a wolf. It is a moment in which everything dissolves to darkness, and thus transforms into something fragmented and untamed. Safety is replaced by my own perception of nature and its ability to turn on me. As I seek to challenge my own physical and emotional limits, the familiar is replaced by the remote; the dog becomes the wolf. The dynamic in my photographs speaks to an ever-challenging paradox of intimacy and distance. This never-ending battle both draws me to such remote environments, and yet stands in the way of ever fully anchoring myself to each place. It is a battle to be in control and capable of existing in the world alone, a struggle that implores me to push myself to the edge.



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