When we first spotted Isabella Rozendaal‘s On Loving Animals photo series at Brain Pickings, we could sort of relate. Many of us own pets and aren’t entirely guiltless when it comes to humanizing animals. However, the Dutch photographer’s work proves that many folks take this to the extreme.
Rozendaal’s affectionate, strange, and even devastating images reveal the many ways we project facets of our lives and personalities onto our pets. The artist spent a year in Holland documenting these complex relationships — or what she calls an “obsessive, sentimental, and sometimes inconsiderate love of animals.” She followed owners and their furry darlings to the vet, at home, to pet shows, and to the grave. In some cases, the luxuries these attentive moms and dads afforded their beastly babies were entirely peculiar. Other customs and rituals — like dogs and cats with their own chairs (or should we say, thrones?) — are more widely practiced, but when considered through Rozendaal’s distant lens, suddenly feel unusual.
Rozendaal was kind enough to share her work with us. Head past the break for a closer look, then visit her website for the fascinating stories behind each photo.
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Today at Flavorpill, we wished cute puppies would fall from the sky more often — and we’re super glad a hawk didn’t eat this free-falling pooch. We hoped no one would actually wear Queen Elizabeth II’s underwear currently up for auction. We had a moment of silence for Donna Summer and… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we got hungry for the the Girl Scout cookie candy bar. We went inside Baltimore’s new National Pinball Museum. We listened to The Hood Internet’s new mixtape. We browsed Courtney Love’s food diary. We found out how mobsters decorate their homes. We welcomed… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we hoped to avoid America’s worst airports. We watched a schizophrenic world tour of various accents. We read about two Cuban actors who defected to America following the success of their movie about Cubans defecting to America. We thought this Nickelodeon and Avengers mashup was fun. We… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we got blinded by the bling on these wrists. We discovered DogTV. We watched a bizarre crustacean-meets-tampon Earth Day moment. We remembered Dick Clark. We met nine movie characters we suspected were stoners. We found out how to turn a rubber band into… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we watched the Internet help one couple get engaged. We learned what the ten most popular dog breeds are and were surprised at the absence of Pugs. We approved of Steve Martin’s prank on Gwyneth Paltrow. We were excited to see the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s … Read More
Subtitled “a super serious project about dogs and physics,” Maddie the Coonhound might be both the simplest and the most delightful Tumblr you see all week. As he travels all 50 states for his ambitious This Wild Idea project, photographer Theron Humphrey has made a daily side game of perching his canine companion, Maddie, on top of bicycles, giant faux watermelons, park signs, and other bits of Americana for a quick photo shoot. The results are both pleasingly composed and adorable. Check out our favorites after the jump, and click here to buy prints.
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Because of our tendency to anthropomorphize dogs and cats, whenever we spot someone’s pet hanging out in a window, we always imagine that it’s anxiously awaiting the return of its owner — you know, as opposed to just chilling out in a comfortable roost. Perhaps that’s why we find the images in Fishbowl, a series by San Diego-based graphic designer and photographer Rachel Bellinsky, so compelling in spite of the relative simplicity of the concept.
“You would not believe how many of these shots I see and miss because I don’t have my camera,” she told Feature Shoot. “The other day I saw a tiny kitten hanging from the curtains as I passed by, and my lack of camera at that moment was criminal. There is an animal in nearly every window of my neighborhood.” Click through for a selection of photos from the series, and visit Bellinsky’s Flickr page to view the entire project.
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Today at Flavorpill, we checked out a new image promoting The Dark Knight Rises on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. We listened to a Norwegian space disco remix of Roxy Music’s “Love Is the Drug.” We learned that it’s easy to scare Great Danes. We tried to imagine the… Read More
Dogs are often good sports about letting their humans lovingly humiliate them, AKA dress them up. And let’s be honest: fawning over your dog’s duds is for the owner’s amusement, not the pup’s — which is probably how National Dress Up Your Pet Day got started. On January 14, pets around the world will be wondering how they hell they got themselves into this mess, or they’ll be thanking you for their cool costume. We were impressed by the number of film-inspired dog costumes (cats want no part in this, of course) and seeing how each dog’s personality was brought to light with a little movie magic. For inspiration, click through our gallery of incredible dog costumes past the break.
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