Menagerie

CompanyAnne Berry Studio
PhotographerAnne Berry
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

portraits of wildlife meant to provoke empathy and inspire understanding and interest in conservation

About Photographer

Two passions in my life inspire the photographs in my Menagerie series: animals and literature. I studied art, literature, and horseback riding at Sweet Briar College and earned a Masters degree in literature from the University of Georgia while also studying photography and horse science. I do not live on a farm or ride horses now, so instead I create my own menagerie of animal photographs. When I photograph animals I use the patience and understanding of animal behavior that I developed studying horseback riding and animal science. I want people to feel empathy for animals, and I attempt to draw the viewer into the image with a quality of mystery, what the French pictorial photographer Robert Demachy describes as “something all important, extremely difficult to express in words. If you can see it there is no use in trying to describe it. If you do not it is useless also, for you would not understand.” (On the Straight Print) Besides the feelings I have for the animals themselves, the inspirations for my photographs come from literature. For example, three romantic values are central to my vision: worship of nature, reliance on imagination rather than reason, and the idea of a realm that transcends the physical. John Keats voices in a poem what I consider an essential aspect of my photography: “Heard melodies are sweet but those unheard/Are sweeter.” (Ode on a Grecian Urn)