From Robert Horenstein’s article for On View Magazine:
The rich sepia-toned prints that comprise “Animalia” represent Horenstein’s distinct exploration of animal portraiture. Drawing on elements of his strong documentary background, Horenstein offers no cuddly, sentimental moments. Instead, deconstructing his subjects into ambiguous fragments of skin, scales and hair, Horenstein challenges our anticipated ways of seeing, inviting us to pause, look closely, and think about what is in front of us. In doing so, he engages our curiosity and draws us into careful consideration of his subjects. By encouraging the viewer to really look, Horenstein’s abstracted images become more truly representative than traditional animal photographs.