This portrait of Velcro the Ring-Tailed Lemur won an award in PDN’s Faces Photo contest. Ironic because it’s virtually the only image in the series that doesn’t prominently feature a face.
I started making animal portraits around 6 years ago before many of the books of that sort started getting attention. The biggest struggle with the project has been finding animals who want to sit for a portrait. Animals aren’t motivated by fame the same way humans are, mostly they are motivated by money and the food it allows them to buy.
Photographing animals in a studio setting is a natural extension of my work, specifically capturing a moment that reveals character and personality. That applies to my stills, videos and yes to animals. A picture that makes an introduction between the viewer and the subject is a success for me. When I started thinking about animals what I hoped to accomplish is to create the same kinds of personality studies that I do with human subjects. Essentially separating my subjects from context so something unique about them may surface. I worked as a photojournalist for the first part of my career. There was so much in those pictures, the goal was to capture as much story as possible in a single image. Now my work is about stripping away and telling a story in the most minimal way possible.
You can see more of my animal portraits here: Animal Portfolio.