Francesca Woodman (1958 – 1981) was an American photographer best known for her black and white photography, which mainly featured herself. Her work continues to be the subject of much attention, years after she committed suicide at the age of 22.
My eye caught a dark form lying on the river bottom. It took me a few moments to comprehend what I had stumbled upon. Lying peacefully in the shallow waters of the river, only a few meters from shore, was a full-grown cougar. The contrast between the serenity of the scene I was witnessing and what must have played out here in the cougar’s final moments made me shiver. It was the first shiver of many, as I stripped down and waded out into the icy water to get this shot. x