Wolf Haven

Photographer

Annie Marie Musselman

Concept

In the wake of the exotic animal trade, a sanctuary exists in Washington State where wolves are rescued from private owners, roadside zoos, animal collectors, and research facilities and are brought to a place where they receive a lifetime of compassionate care. The animals at Wolf Haven are treated with the utmost dignity and respect, including being given large enclosures to roam and also a partner to cohabitate with.

I strive to show these wolves as if I had happened upon them in the forest. To portray them as wild but also gentle, beautiful and loving creatures, unlike the way they are often shown as bloodthirsty hunters and killers in films and media.

I believe the wild creatures among us embody the instinct and love we have lost, and with this I realize more and more the purpose of my work. I see that society is so distanced from nature. How can we, as humans, be expected to respect, love and care for something that we do not know or understand? I hope my pictures can offer a deeper look inside the souls of these creatures and inspire humans to care for them and reflect on all of our deep interconnectedness as beings of the earth.

I photograph through very small holes in an incredibly strong fence (that can be seen in many of the pictures). The fence protects me, but barely keeps me from falling in love with these highly intelligent, beautiful beings.

Biography

Annie Marie Musselman, is a Seattle based documentary portrait photographer. She received her BFA at Principia College in 2006 after a photography apprenticeship in Marseilles, 2004.

Her project "Wolf Haven" is a new chapter in an ongoing body of work documenting animals in sanctuaries. The project is set at Wolf Haven International in Tenino, WA. Wolf Haven was first commissioned by the Getty Images Grant For Good program in 2010. The project has been featured in PDN April 2014 Exposures (A Home in the Woods).

Her initial project,“Finding Trust,” won first place in the 2006 Environmental Photography Invitational.  She was also featured in the American Photography 22 Book; highlighted in PDN August 2008 (Annie and the Wild Animals); exhibited at the Downtown Seattle Public Library, PCNW; and will present a solo show at the Alice Austin House, in New York in spring 2009. The Finding Trust project was recently syndicated by Redux Pictures, NYC.

Annie works for publications including National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Men's Journal, Elle, The New York Times and Newsweek.

www.anniemusselman.com

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