From Anna Mackiewicz’s interview with Isa Leshko:
[AM]: You say that people have had strong emotional reactions to your images. Why do you think presenting these stories is so powerful for people?
[IL]: My images often remind people of a beloved elderly companion animal or parent they have lost or are currently caring for. Many people come up to me and share their caregiving stories with me, and their grief is often still raw. When this happens, I share my own experiences of loving and caring for my parents and my cats in their decline. I also talk about farmed animals I still mourn, and stories about the close bonds that sanctuary workers form with the animals in their care. I think it’s important to share these stories because they present to people a new way of relating to farmed animals that does not involve exploitation and violence.