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A Haunting Series Confronts Our Eating Habits

Posted by on February 8, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

When photographer Anki Grøthe documented the annual slaughter of the reindeer that live near her hometown of Hemsedal, Norway, she knew it was a perspective that needed to be shared with others. Although Norway has strict rules on animal welfare, and the reindeers’ lives are taken quickly and painlessly, “killing animals is brutal,” Grøthe says.

Grøthe’s series, titled “The Meat We Eat,” confronts us with our eating choices. Being removed from the process animals undergo to become an entrée on our plate—not to mention the harm it does to the environment—allows many of us to stay in the dark about the effects of our carnivorous appetites.

Using equipment that allowed her to work fast, a Nikon D800 and a 24-70mm lens, Grøthe photographed the process as the reindeer were herded from the mountains to Golsfjellet, where the slaughtering takes place. Although the series began as a personal project, it was recently published in Norway’s Infinitum magazine.

­ —Amy Touchette

All photos © Anki Grøthe

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This article originally appeared in Emerging Photographer Winter 2016.


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