Still life

Category: Nature


Photo and caption by Louise Burke

Parts of dead animals are lined up in neat rows at the stalls of a fetish market in Togo, West Africa, the origin of Voodoo religion. Animal parts are regularly used in Voodooism to perform rituals which are supposed to protect and heal followers. At this market it was claimed that the animals were all found dead rather than killed. I was in two minds whether to enter this photograph, as it shows a less flattering image of the complex relationship between humans and nature. But while we celebrate life and nature, we must also acknowledge death and examine our role in it.

Location: Lome, Togo, West Africa


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