Posts tagged: animal photography

Dogs Gone Wild: Photos of ‘Creative’ Fur Styles at A New Jersey Dog Grooming Competition



New Zealand-born, NYC-based photographer Paul Nathan shines the light on some perfectly primped canines in his new book Groomed, released this Spring by Pelluceo Publishing.

Poetry in Motion: Migrating Starlings of Rome Photographed by Richard Barnes



A murmuration of starlings is difficult to understand without seeing it for oneself. Murmur, a series of photographs of this majestic occurrence by NYC-based photographer Richard Barnes, makes it a bit more comprehensible.

The Heartbreaking Fate of baby Albatrosses in the Midway Islands

MIDWAY, a Message from the Gyre is a short documentary film by Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan that confronts a heartbreaking reality on Midway Atoll, a cluster of remote islands in the North Pacific Ocean. Thousands of baby albatrosses are dying due to the consumption of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Jordan has returned to the islands numerous times, capturing this environmental tragedy through photographs of the birds and the waste that killed them, asking us to look at the devastating realities of our time.

MIDWAY is currently in post-production and expected to premiere in 2014. You can donate here.

Photo du Jour: Swimming Elephants of the Andaman Islands

Olivier Blaise

The Andaman Islands are a group of archipelagic islands floating in the sparkling blue-green waters of the Bay of Bengal, between the Indian peninsula and Burma. Twenty-seven of the 500 isles in the archipelago are inhabited, and because of the heavily forested land, inhabitants have relied on the timber industry as their main source of income. But it’s not just the people who are doing the work—elephants are used on the islands to transport cut wood.

French photographer Olivier Blaise goes underwater to capture companion elephants Sarasu and Chandi in Swimming Elephants. Both belong to a wealthy landlord on the islands. The elephants work between isles and have been trained to swim to the next isle where more work awaits—here, one of them makes the trek. And though the timber work is hard, the Hindu god depicted with an elephant head, Ganesh, ensures that these elephants are well honored—as a rule, these working mammals have Sundays off and their work days end at 3pm.

Touching Video of Elderly Animals Being Photographed by Isa Leshko

Elderly Animals is the moving project by Philadelphia-based photographer Isa Leshko in which she travels to sanctuaries across the country to photograph animals who are elderly or in the last stage of their life. Leshko began the project after spending a year in New Jersey caring for her mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. The portraits explore aging and mortality, and in many ways are self-portraits—a way for Leshko to confront her own fear of getting older and of the dementia that runs in her family.

The Truly Charming ‘Dogs in Cars’ 2014 Calendar

Lara Jo ReganJanuary

Los Angeles-based photographer Lara Jo Regan makes many a dog’s day—and ours—in her recent series Dogs in Cars, which she has made into a 2014 calendar. We’ve all witnessed the pure joy that a dog experiences on a car ride; ears flapping, nose sniffing, tongue flying in the wind, that certain wide-eyed appreciation and enthusiasm for the world at hand. Inspired to capture that delightful doggy delirium, Regan started the project using her own three dogs and friends’ dogs, eventually moving on to Craigslist where she placed ads for breeds she thought would work well in the series. Shooting the dogs naturally proved to be an adventure; most often Regan would hang out whichever window yielded the best shot, once finding herself strapped onto the roof of a car. Most shots were a three person effort—Regan, a driver, and someone to make sure the animals were safely secured.

Exclusive: Portraits of NYC Dog Walkers and Their Fascinating Stories

Amy LombardGina Fantozzi, Gramercy.

Photographer Captures Animals Staring Back at Him


I am constantly editing and organizing photographs from my archive, and a few years ago I started noticing a stack of photographs of animals that seemed to be looking back at me. At some point—probably very late at night while I was half asleep—I had the idea to pull them together into a series called Animals That Saw Me. The title was a perfect way to invert the way we look at photographs and think of animals in our everyday environment. I love the fact that we have absolutely no idea what they are thinking, or what they saw when they noticed me wandering around. I wanted to take a closer look at that fleeting moment of recognition between species in hopes of being able to consider our world from a completely different perspective, if only for a brief moment.—Ed Panar

Animals That Saw Me is a series by Pennsylvania-based photographer Ed Panar that captures unexpected encounters with various animals. Over the course of 17 years, Panar came face to face with these animals while wandering around backstreets and side roads of different towns and cities.

African Lake Transforms Animals Into Calcified Statues

Nick Brandt

There’s something hauntingly beautiful and indeed powerful about photographer Nick Brandt‘s animal portraits that are part of his new book Across the Ravaged Land, the third and final volume in a trilogy documenting the disappearing animals of eastern Africa. Brandt discovered the dead animals along Lake Natron in northern Tanzania. Known to be one of the harshest environments on Earth, the lake temperature can reach 140°F and the alkalinity is almost equal to that of ammonia. Needless to say, the water is deadly, and animals that find their way in gradually become calcified. Despite the obvious darkness here, the creatures exude this sort of eternal presence, forever immortalized—their soft feathers giving way to hardened, statuesque transformations.

Claire Rosen’s Striking Portraits of Birds


Birds of a Feather by NYC-based Claire Rosen, is a portrait series of live birds ranging from the common Parakeet to the exotic Hyacinth Macaw. The birds are posed against complimentary vintage looking wallpaper to encourage optical illusion and visual blending.