Jumping for Joy is a collection of around 80 images depicting ex-battery chickens jumping for lettuce as their reward. Using her own rescued ex-battery hens as models, Tamara watched as they became more aware of their bodies, grew their feathers back and began to be able to perch on branches. They instinctively began to jump and use their wings to get to food.
Watching their amazing transformation gave Tamara the inspiration to document their amazing love of life, energy and journey back to themselves after 18 months of living hell in battery cages. Each hen in this series has lived in a cage with 5-6 other hens, with little as an A4 sheet of paper to move around in for 18 months of their lives. They never got to see the sun or the sky. They never got to feel the earth under their feet or the wind through their feathers.
This series portrays each hen as an individual. Each hen jumps differently, thinks differently and has a different personality. This series attempts to portray that the lives of chickens are as important to them as your life is as important to you. Hens feel joy as well as pain and these images certainly show the joy these hens feel after their lives of pain.