From Aline Smithson’s article for Lenscratch:

When photographing these vulnerable animals who have endured horrific abuse and neglect prior to their rescue, Isa made the connection between her mother’s struggle with aging and alzheimer’s and her own consideration of mortality. “The experience had a profound effect on me and forced me to confront my own mortality. I am terrified of growing old, and I started photographing geriatric animals in order to take an unflinching look at this fear.”

“I have received hundreds of deeply personal emails from people around the world, sharing with me their grief over a dying parent or an ailing beloved pet. At exhibition openings, I routinely receive hugs from total strangers who tearfully share their stories of loss. I am deeply touched that my work has affected people on such an emotional level. I am grateful for the outpouring of love and support that I have received for this work. But sometimes these encounters have been painful as well, particularly when they happened while I was mourning my parents’ deaths.”

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