Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

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Photographer Isa Leshko is scared of growing old.

Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Photographer Isa Leshko is scared of growing old. After caring for her mom with Alzheimer’s disease, she was “forced to confront her own mortality,” but she intended to face this fear unconventionally. Leshko started visiting farm sanctuaries across the USA to snap pictures of the geriatric animals that lived there. For nearly a decade, though, the project shifted focus from being a vehicle for Leshko’s anxiety to activism. She now uses her photo as a way to speak on behalf of these creatures.


The series called Allowed to Grow Old features subdued black and white portraits which capture the animals in their habitat. They offer a dignified but unflinching look at the hard lives these animals have endured. Some, such as Buddy (a 28-year-old Appaloosa horse), are blind and suffer from arthritis; and Violet, a 12-year-old potbellied pig, is partially paralyzed. Their stories are tragic yet not unique. “Nearly all of the farm animals I met for this project endured horrific abuse and neglect prior to their rescue,” Leshko writes. “It is nothing short of a miracle to be in the presence of a farm animal who has managed to reach old age.”


The powerful photos depict Leshko’s respect towards her resilient subjects, which comes down to her approach to photographing them.


Allowed to Grow Old is a book which features Leshko’s photos as well as biographical notes on her subjects. You can get your copy on Amazon.


Isa Leshko: Website | Facebook | Instagram


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Phyllis, Southdown sheep, age 13


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Abe, Alpine goat, age 21


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Violet, Potbellied pig, age 12


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Forest, Santa Cruz sheep, age 16


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Bessie, Holstein cow, age 20


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Handsome One, thoroughbred horse, age 33


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Babs, donkey, age 24


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Rooster, age unknown


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Tessa, Yorkshire pig, age 13


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Buddy, Appaloosa horse, age 28


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Blue, Australian Kelpie, age 19


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Zebulon, Finnsheep, age 12


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Zebulon and Isaiah, Finnsheep, both age 12


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Ash, domestic white turkey, age 8


Stunning Black And White Portraits Of Rescued Farm Animals That Were ‘Allowed To Grow Old’

Kelly, Irish Wolfhound, age 11

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