Faculty Sponsor

Sarah Jantzi


Arts and Sciences


Digital Media Arts

Presentation Type

Artistic Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-2020


In a world where so many people live, how is it possible that they are three times the amount of chickens? What kind of people raise these beautiful animals and take so much pride in the daily tasks to take care of them? With curiosity being the driving force, I explored chickens of all different natures in the Northwest Indiana region. Some of the birds were raised for the resources they can provide, some for the learning opportunities that come with raising a living thing, and some for the idea of pride and sport. Pecking Order is a body of work that embodies these ideas and how I chose to learn about them and teach others through a documentary style of photography using large format film and printing by hand in the darkroom. When the audience looks at my images, I hope they see an honest encounter of myself with my subjects as I tried to immerse myself into the world to capture these moments in time to make sense of it all. There is so much to be learned about these creatures and the people who raise them, and I wanted to tell their story.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

The wonderful world of chickens has been my life for the past year, and I have been traveling around Northwest Indiana to explore the world of chickens. Being from this area, I know a lot of farmers in the area who raise chickens for different purposes. Because of my farming background, I know the realities of farms. I became curious about chickens through a statistic that I discovered and had to find out more which sparked this project.