This photographic series below offers glimpses at interspecies relationships, from wonder to suspicion to servitude, and in the photographs I explore boundaries that are blurred when we come too close, the quality of interactions in unspoken, instinctual languages; meetings with no words. In the case of the white tailed deer, we find a population that humans control through violence in certain areas, while in other places (such as parks) we protect and study them and go to lengths to spy on their behavior in “the wild”. The pursuit of deer into unknown spaces, dark forests, is an archetype from ancient Greece to Beowulf to Bambi. And yet, when deer encroach on our suburban and urban habitats, we grow uneasy. New York City, for example, has recently created a “task force” to manage rising deer populations in Staten Island and the Bronx.
8 mm film & sound collaboration between Emilie Lundstrøm & Hunter Simpson. 2014.