The Great Whiteoutening

A series of works currently under development exploring the culture of trophy hunting, and specifically the proof of the act. As evidenced by the vast number of images online showing elated hunters posing with their bloody kill, this body of work is about asking if the proof of the kill (the photo or story of the kill) is the impetus for the entire industry. Are people hunting for the photo?

As the term ‘trophy’ hunting suggests, the goal is to obtain. As a fan of sport in general, and a believer that those who work hard do deserve some sort of reward to be proud of, I am not against the idea of obtaining trophies. What I do have a problem with is the fact that the trophies in this case are living beings. For me and the majority of people, killing others purely for the sake of an individual gaining a sense of personal accomplishment is immoral.