Photographs and text by Willard Pate
Hardcover, 26 x 25.4 cm, 110 pages, quadrotone plates.
BazanPhotos Publishing, 2015.
Willard has been my most loyal student since we met in Cuba in 2001. I don’t think anyone will ever break her record of twenty six workshops with me. She and I have been friends and have shared many moments in life. None of the above, however, has anything to do with the fact that she has the privilege to be the first of my students to have her beautiful images published by the company I created in 2008 with the help of many of my students, including Willard. Quite simply, the sole reason BazanPhotos Publishing has the honor to publish With Animals is that Willard is a wonderful photographer and her soulful images speak for themselves.
In this arc of time she has managed to chew and digest my lesson and to create a body of work, which reflects her unique way of looking and feeling the world. The photographs in this book are microcosms of our own existence, they are meditations on the life of the animals, on our life as humans, and the life we share together with animals. I’m very proud to share with all of you Willard’s intimate and enduring images. EB