A woman once told me she accelerates every time she sees a cat crossing the road, going for the kill. It’s hard to believe that this goes on in people’s heads, but it does. Amongst the countless carcasses lying on the side of our roads, not all of them are inevitable accidents. Not all of them are coldblooded cases of murder either. In most cases, these animals lie there because people don’t care. They slowly fade into dark spots on the road. Sometimes you can still see the pain in the creature’s eyes, the fear, the look of death right before they passed away. Sometimes you see no more than a smeared clump of organs. I wanted to capture these beings up close and personal, because they deserve to be noticed. To be spared. To be worth hitting your brakes for.

Photography Ulrike Biets

Pigeon, 2nd August 2010, 1.30pm, A3, Brussels

Pigeon, 2nd August 2010, 1.30pm, A3, Brussels

Cat, 17th July 2010, 4pm, E42

Cat, 17th July 2010, 4pm, E42

Cat, 25th July 2010, 5pm, E314

Unidentified, 1st August 2010, 8pm, E40

Cat, 25th July 2010, 5pm, E314

Cat, 25th July 2010, 5pm, E314

Hedgehog, 25th July 2010, 2pm, E314 exit 23

Hedgehog, 25th July 2010, 2pm, E314 exit 23

Hedgehog, 6th July 2010, 7pm, R4

Hedgehog, 6th July 2010, 7pm, R4

Hedgehog, 3rd July 2010, 1am, Leopoldsburg

Hedgehog, 3rd July 2010, 1am, Leopoldsburg

Below are the pictures that weren’t featured in the magazine’s print version:

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