Following the Trail of Wolves in the French Alps
In her ongoing series The Howling Mountain, French photographer Betty Bogaert uses a variety of artistic methods to record a multi-layered narrative that examines the ancient bond between man, wolves, and the environment in which they inhabit.
On a Sunday in February in the local newspaper, the wolf is on the cover. In Savoy, the growing presence of this protected species is a subject of debate. I choose to follow the wolf’s trail, or rather those who speak about it: farmers, shepherds, hunters, park wardens, mountain guides or hikers share their stories with me. This project talks about men and wolves, predation, and little red riding hood's stories. It’s a mix of anger, fear, and fascination with myths and legends about this animal. In this ongoing project, I’m working with photography, audio recordings, and writing.
Words and Pictures by Betty Bogaert.
Betty Bogaert lives and works between the French Alps, where she grew up, and Quebec, where she continues her studies in photography. Her practice is grounded in a documentary style and she often fuses sound and writing into her projects. Find her on PHmuseum and Instagram.
This feature is part of Story of the Week, a selection of relevant projects from our community handpicked by the PHmuseum curators.