Isabella Hunts (2009 - approx.2015) is a project about modern hunting cultures across the world. What started out as a straightforward photo series quickly grew into a long-term project, which involves extensive travel and writing, as well as historical and cultural research into this complex, controversial subject. The goal is to create a book that shows the vast variety that characterizes hunting culture. In the meantime, several publications and exhibitions tell the story as it goes along. Future destinations include Scotland, France, South Africa, Central Europe and Scandinavia.
Growing up in the city, I never realized hunting was still being practiced - I never thought I would see myself on a hunt. When I made my first book, On Loving Animals, I witnessed my first hunt. Compared to the hypocritical relationship meat-eating city dwellers tend to have with animals, where they are either part of the family or an unrecognizable industrial food product, the world of hunting seemed surreal - oddly honest and confronting. I was intrigued by this combination of a peaceful, meditative interaction with nature and the unforgiving confrontation with death. My goal is to witness with an open mind, and share my experiences.
In order to better understand hunting, I followed a six-month hunter's education program, and I am currently pursuing a Bachelor in English Language and Culture, writing my thesis on the influence of the Romantic hunter ideal and the frontier myth on contemporary hunting literature.
All trips are made in collaboration with my assistant, Julia Gunther.
Made possible by
Isabella Hunts 2012 trip to the USA was made possible by Stichting Sem Presser Archief. Our 2011 trip to the Abu Dhabi falconry festival was made possible by De Donkere Kamer and Volkskrant Magazine. And none of our adventures would be possible without the generosity and hospitality of hunters around the world, and the helpful cooperation of all the wildlife organizations we have the pleasure of working with.