From the article by Jean Dykstra for Photograph Magazine:
The subjects of Isa Leshko’s tender black-and-white portraits are goats, cows, sheep, horses, chickens, pigs – common farm animals. But in some respects, they’re exceptional, even exotic, in that they are elderly farm animals. Such creatures are rare, given that they are often disposed of once they outlive their usefulness or breeding capacity. Consider Leshko’s portrait of the tufted, weathered face of Babs, a 24-year-old donkey who had been used for rodeo roping practice, or the measured gaze of Melvin, an 11-year-old Angora goat who spent his early years tied to a tire in a yard, without shelter from the elements. Taken at eye level, her images reveal singular details of expression and disposition.