That first powerful moment of eye contact left me speechless and full of emotion. My eyes followed the animal as it trotted off towards the horizon, leaving me behind as the outsider. Confronted by this expression of rebellion, I was struck by how the dog, barely in control but guided by nature, has been a vehicle for mankind’s domination.—Daniel Naudé
Daniel Naudé’s recent monograph Animal Farm is a collection of encounters; supreme moments between man and animal. The book began on a road trip from Cape Town to Mozambique when Naudé experienced a profound encounter with a feral Africanis dog, in which he describes above. He began tracking these feral creatures throughout South Africa, capturing regal portraits reminiscent of formal animal paintings of centuries past. Naudé’s Africanis trek soon morphed into a five year exploration of the country’s land, animal and people.
Throughout the book Naudé balances the wild, feral dog with a myriad of domesticated animals and their owners, a combination that alludes to the spectrum of relationships between man and beast. The pages offer one stunning image after another, each complex and sacred in its own way—much like the country itself. Naudé explores the exchange between man and animal, capturing the mutual fascination and wonder felt on both sides. He draws our attention to the roles we play in nature, and here, the dominator and the dominated seem interchangeable.
Naudé was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. Published by Prestel, Animal Farm is a collection of 50 color plates.