Animals That Saw Me



Ed Panar The Ice Plant, 2011. Roaming the natural and urban world with a camera for over 16 years, often alone, on foot and keeping a low profile, Ed Panar has repeatedly been caught in the act of photography–not by other people, but by a random assortment of familiar animals: cows, cats, frogs, dogs, turtles, deer, geese. The animal sees Ed; Ed sees the animal. An unspoken message passes between them. If the photographer is lucky, the moment is captured on film, cataloged and tagged for future reference. In Animals That Saw Me (Volume One), Panar brings together the first collection of his most surprising and unexpected encounters with ordinary beasts–a brief, beautifully deadpan field study of the uncanny moment of recognition between species. What exactly have these animals seen? Panar’s photographs serve as a reminder that we must appear at least as strange to them as they do to us.