For Where Hunting Dogs Rest, London-based photographer Martin Usborne tells the story of the Spanish greyhound, an ancient sighthound breed once revered and cherished by the Spanish nobility. As the winter months begin to settle and hare hunting season draws to a close, countless hunting dogs are abused and forsaken along roadsides, in car parks, and on the peripheries of town. Many do not survive, but the photographer encountered a lucky few, spent time with them, and captured their portraits, which he paired with somber landscapes taken at the location at which they were abandoned.
Emperor Penguin Chick on Adult’s Feet, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica © Radius Images / Offset
Mother and child Manatees underwater © Jimmy White / Offset
A polar bear cub rests on her mother’s legs at Wapusk National Park © Richard Wear / Design Pics / Offset
There are few sights as miraculous as that of a baby animal learning the ropes from his mom- and in some cases, his dad. According to evolutionary biologists, humans are genetically hardwired to respond to infants, even when those little ones are of another species. We’re made to register cuteness, to feel an urge to protect and nurture small creatures, so it’s no wonder that photos of baby animals can inspire even the most curmudgeonly person to crack a smile.