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Uncomfortable Images Show Pet Birds in the Domestic Environment

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Parrots, says Irish photographer Rachel Glass, are believed have the mental capacity of a two to three-year-old toddler. Unlike children, birds are airborne creatures, and yet many are born and bred to live as pets, within the confines of the human home, where they are sheltered from the dangers of the wild but restrained in flight. For The Domestic Aviary, Glass captures tame birds in the moment they are released from their cages and into the house in a flurry of flapping wings, probing at the ways in which all species—and ultimately all individuals—must choose either to live free or to live protected.

Historical Portraits of Artists With Their Cats

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Salvador Dalí, World Telegram & Sun photo by Roger Higgins; image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Georgia O’Keeffe, Photograph by John Candelario. Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), 165660

For editor Alison Nastasi, the ties that bind artists and animals stretch far into ancient times, when the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans erected artworks in honor of their feline friends. For her new book, Artists and Their Cats, she uncovers some of the quiet, nocturnal moments shared in studio by some of history’s greatest artists and their constant kitty companions.

Wild in the City: Unsettling Photos Show Zoo Animals in Urban Environments

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Spanish artist Pàtric Marín’s composite photographs depict exotic animals in dingy urban environments. The images in The Rough Skin of the Elephant suggest a future of “habitat fragmentation” and a world in which wildlife habitats have been transformed in order to make such places more comfortable and livable for humans.

‘Failed Dioramas’ Show Museum Taxidermy Situated Amongst Common Objects

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Berlin-based photographer Louis De Belle’s series Failed Dioramas depicts not quite the inside of a cabinet of curiosities, but the vast amount of its items not yet neatly arranged and presented for public viewing. Like Klaus Pichler’s Skeletons in the Closet, De Belle’s pictures show the behind-the-scenes of a natural history collection—taxidermy in work areas, under sheets, mixed up in the shuffle.

Moving Photos Document a Muslim Woman Caring for Stray Dogs, Despite Widespread Neglect

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In the dead of night, Sabihah lets her ten rescue dogs loose to roam the streets outside her Mumbai apartment. Blanketed in darkness and wearing her burqa, she sees these as the only hours in which she is safe from the harassment she encounters from many of her neighbors and fellow Muslims, who because of misinterpretations of Islamic teachings, view dogs as sinful and impure. For Midnight Strolls, photographer Pooja Jain captures the bond between the local strays and the woman who has risked everything to care for them.

Swan Hunting in Utah Photographed by Cayce Clifford

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In Aesop’s fable The Swan and the Goose, a swan, mistaken for a goose by the cook, distinguishes itself by singing a sweet song that enraptures the cook, saving itself from slaughter. If it weren’t for the sweet song, this swan would have been surely killed, which was ultimately the fate of its unfortunate neighbour, the goose.

For her documentary photo series Utah Swan Hunt, photographer Cayce Clifford followed hunters over multiple expeditions during the controversial swan hunting season. Somewhat typical of the usual hunting photo essay — the early morning sunrise shot, the token huntsman holding up his prized kill, it’s the swans that catch our attention. It seems wrong to kill these beautiful creatures, with their pristine white plumage and graceful long necks that stretch out vulnerably into lake mist.

Rescued Magpie Becomes Part of a Photographer’s Family

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The Instagram account @penguinthemagpie by Sydney-based photographer Cameron Bloom chronicles the adventures of a bird rescued as a baby by Bloom’s son and raised by the family. Penguin the magpie is free to fly and sleeps outside, but often sneaks back into the Blooms’ home through an open door or window.

Mysterious and Evocative Photos of the Holes Dogs Dig in the Woods

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For Dog Holes (and Other Pictures Taken in the Woods), Massachusetts-based photographer Trevor Powers traces the small and ephemeral ways in which dogs have transformed and left their mark the Northampton dog park, a wood that lies close to his home in The Pioneer Valley. Following his own dog Stevie as he diverges from the circumscribed trails, he discovers a canine realm of temporary hideaways and solitary bowers carved into the wild thickets of the wood.

Playful Images Celebrate Crazy Cat Lovers

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Cats were the most revered and important species in Ancient Egypt. They were the favored pets during the Chinese Song Dynasty. In traditional Japanese culture, cats were associated with good luck and good fortune. Thanks to the phenomenon of viral videos and internet memes, cats have yet again bolstered their rankings in modern culture. There’s no doubt cats are having a moment. Montreal photographer Andréanne Lupien noticed this trend and set out to create her series Crazy Cat Lovers.

Awe-Inspiring Photos of Holland’s Starling Murmurations

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Standing at the outskirts of a forest in the North of Holland, Belgium-based wildlife photographer Luc Roymans captures thousands of starlings as they ascent into the heavens, forming intricate and densely packed hordes across the painted sky.

Forming at dusk when the starlings set out to roost, the mysterious masses of fluttering birds are known as murmurations. Although science is just now catching up with the elusive phenomenon, we now know that starling murmurations can ensure safety for the small birds, serving as an instinctual defense against birds of prey. The changes in the birds’ movements happen at an almost imperceptibly fast rate, with each individual of hundreds or even millions maintaining a keen awareness to the slightest shifts in his fellows.

Through Roymans’s eyes, it seems almost impossible that these magical winged formations could ever be explained away by simple physics. The starlings emerge beneath his gaze as fairies, emissaries from another world, nimble dancers engaging in what he calls “a ballet by the birds.” While shooting, he was most struck by the variations in density of the murmurations, tracing the ways in which the birds alternately fanned out and huddled together. The swarm, he suggests, resembled not the sum of many individual creatures but a single, fluid mass blanketing the evening sky.

All photos featured in this post can be found on Offset, a new curated collection of high-end commercial and editorial photography and illustration from award-winning artists around the world. Offset is a category partner on Feature Shoot.