Of One and The Other (2013-17)
Of One and The Other (2013-2017) has been featured in The New York Times LENS "Humans and Animals: A Complicated Bond", LIFE FORCE Magazine, LENSCRATCH, LENSCRATCH ReRuns, BIRD IN FLIGHT Magazine "Golden Cage", Muybridge's Horse, Edge of Humanity Magazine "From Lifesaving To Exploitation, The Human Factor in the Animal's Life", The Telegraph in London, Vision Magazine in Beijing, The Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach Florida, and Chiang Mai University Art Museum in Thailand.
Jayanti Seiler created the collection of photographs titled, “Of One and The Other”, to inspire consideration of the complexity and depth found in diverse relationships between animals and people from points along the spectrum spanning the chasm from lifesaving to exploitation. This on-going body of work began in 2013 and developed out of her long-term dedication to wildlife rehabilitation and rescue. Through her images she aims to impart a greater consideration and respect for our fellow inhabitants of this planet. The well-being of animals has been a lifelong passion, which initially compelled her to apply her craft to explore the myriad of disparate ideations versus the actual treatment of animals that she observed across innumerable venues wherein humans and animals interact. As a participant, observer and storyteller, Jayanti spent time among people from a broad scope of human-animal engagements ranging from falconers who practice the sport of hunting with birds of prey, 4-H youth that auction their livestock for profit and slaughter, owners of exotic big cats, sanctuaries that care for abused wild or domestic animals, traveling safaris, zoos, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers, taxidermists, and encounters for profit. “Of One and The Other” is a critique of the paradoxical framework and disparate representations of our relationships with animals; wherein there is the desire to coexist harmoniously, yet control, consume and rule. These have yet to be reconciled, although I believe there is a growing sensibility and consciousness in Western culture towards animals as equal sentient beings. This work situates within this larger context and seeks to advocate for an essential regard for animals.