An animal’s breed and size are just a few of the characteristics that factor into how quickly the critter will be adopted. The dogs in photographer Lanola Stone’s images — which we first saw in her Behance portfolio — were some of the longest in residence at her local shelter, struggling to find a forever home due to their frequently misunderstood breed, age, and shabby appearance. Stone requested to assist in their adoption process, asking to photograph the “least likely to be adopted” group of pooches. Many of them had been living at the shelter for over six months. She wanted to capture each dog’s unique, loving personality and other quirks in their character to help them get noticed. The dogs pictured in our gallery after the break were eventually adopted thanks to her efforts. Stone’s photo work focuses on subtlety, simplicity, and small details — all of which are highlighted in her sweet dog portraits, below. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we remembered some awesome chase scenes in films that didn’t involve cars. We laughed like fools at ADHD’s collaboration with Sick Animation, The Politician’s Little Boo Boos. We enjoyed Prospect’s GIF-savvy take on the 2012 election. We loved this five-year-old girl’s TED talk. We were curious about… Read More
An animal’s face is no different than a human’s. You can clearly see happiness, pain, confusion, and sadness in their expressions. Photographer Traer Scott’s portraits of shelter dogs, which we spotted on InspireFirst, tell silent stories through each animal’s furrowed brow, gray muzzle, and knowing gaze. Some of the dogs photographed were eventually adopted, but others never found a “forever home” (as rescue workers describe it). The photos are poignant and endearing, capturing each animal’s personality and spirit. Take Terrier, for example (who seems to be named after her breed). She’s a weary, old soul wrapped in her own fur coat (that haircut!), but a beautiful pup nonetheless. See more moving portraits of shelter dogs past the break. … Read More
People from a century ago — they were just like us! Sure, they may not have had the power to make their wacky animal photos go viral on Tumblr, but believe us, that wasn’t stopping them from taking those pictures. Case in point: here’s a brief series of black-and-white portraits of bulldogs dressed as people that have been cataloged by the Library of Congress. All that’s known about these images is that they were created around 1905; the photographer and any context for the photos remain mysterious. Click through to have your day made by what basically amounts to the turn-of-the-century equivalent of an (incredibly adorable) Internet meme and let us know if you agree that they all look like Winston Churchill (except for the one that looks like Ernest Hemingway). … Read More
As July threatens to turn into August, and our hair seems irrevocably plastered to our foreheads, we’re feel like we’re squarely in that special time of year that our mothers used to call the “dog days of summer.” And dogged they are, but in truth, the phrase comes from the ancient Greek and Roman belief that Sirius, also known as the Dog Star for its prominence in Canis Major, controlled the hot weather. The Romans would sacrifice a brown dog at the beginning of summer to appease the sultry rage of Sirius, but our offering is a little more whimsical (and less bloody) — a list of a few of the most beloved pups in literature. Because after all, if sacrifices to stars don’t work, who better to help you actually enjoy the sweltering summer than man’s best friend? Click through to read our list, and of course, if we’ve spurned your favorite canine, sing his praises in the comments! … Read More
Living on a Wisconsin farm with 3 dogs, 18 cats, 10 horses, 2 ponies, 7 sheep, 30 chickens, 5 ducks, and 3 goats is a great endorsement when you’re an animal lifestyle photographer. Barbara O’Brien does, and she’s shot commercial work for everyone from Target to Purina, but it’s her Dog Face series that won our hearts.
O’Brien captured the personalities of adorable canines whose expressions say it all. You can tell exactly who’s a little shy or nervous, who’s mugging for the camera, and who’s oblivious and probably thinking about food or sleep. We love it and hope you do too. Check out the images past the break, and then head to the artist’s Behance page for more sweet and spunky pups. … Read More
Puppies may be unparalleled for sheer adorableness, but as the pictures below illustrate, when it comes to personality they’re no match for older dogs. For her series Senior Dogs Across America, New York-based photographer Nancy LeVine spent years traveling the country to collect portraits of elderly canines. Inspired by her own dogs’ twilight years, which brought mortality to the forefront of her mind, and Robert Frank’s The Americans, the photos show everything from retired greyhounds revisiting the racetrack to a pair of two-decade-old farm dogs atop a hay bale to furry Manhattanites out for a walk in the snow. Click through to see some of our favorite shots from the series, which we spotted at Feature Shoot; visit LeVine’s Senior Dogs Across America blog for many more (and the opportunity to commission a dog portrait of your own); and if you’re in the area, see the photos in person at the Houston Center for Photography through June 23rd. … Read More
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.