From Priscilla Frank’s article for The Huffington Post:
Leshko’s series challenges viewers to confront an image we’re not accustomed to seeing: animals in their final days, wearing the effects of human impact on their flesh — whether they were raised to be consumed by humans or raised to be loved by humans. But beyond addressing the treatment of animals, Leshko’s images extend to depict patterns of human life as well.
“Photographing geriatric animals enables me to immerse myself in my fear of growing old,” Leshko writes in her statement. “I have come to realize that these images are self-portraits. Or at the very least, they are manifestations of my fears and hopes about what I will be like when I am old.”