Monday, July 7, 2008
Carole: By Danielle Voirin
In October a calf was born on a farm in Normandy. The French family named her Carole. Danielle Voirin, the ex-pat Paris-based photographer was visiting her friends on the farm and she began photographing Carole. She learned the calf was specially bred for veal. "I met her on day two of her life, knowing she was destined to be meat," says Danielle. Carole was tethered to a rope in a small room her entire life. She drank only milk. And from her place in the small barn she could only see one view – another little barn, some bales of hay, the sliver of sky, a tree. She would be slaughtered in the spring for meat for the family.
Danielle returned many times to the farm to see her friends and to photograph Carole. "My intention was to be her witness, follow the transformation, link a life and a face to what I see on a plate, and eliminate the disconnect," she says. Then, this past March, Carole, having reached the optimum size, she was scheduled to be killed. Danielle, who had since bonded with the calf through half a dozen photo sessions, asked the abattoir if she could be there to document Carole's death. "At first they said yes, but the morning I showed up – at 5:30 am – they turned me away, telling me it was impossible." Danielle stood her ground but the bouchers closed the door and only allowed her in once Carole had been butchered and placed in boxes.
"Carole" is Danielle's one-page-book homage to the calf. Designed in an A3-format for Danielle as she makes her way to Rencontres Arles Photographie, in Arles, France (8 juillet - 14 septembre). Lalande Digital Press's unique one-page-book format provided an excellent way to tell Carole's story in a mini-catalog. Carole is also available here for free download in A4: DOWNLOAD "CAROLE" BY DANIELLE VOIRIN.
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