Alex Cearns is a multi-award-winning animal photographer, but his latest series is just amazing. Called “Perfectly Imperfect: Dog Portraits of Resilience”, he has photographed disabled pups in the most beautiful way. They all look proud of who they are, proud of their disabilities, and proud that they’ve survived. Over to Alex to talk about his photo series.
“One of my most passionate aims as an animal photographer is to capture the adorable subtleties that make all creatures precious and unique. I love every animal I have the privilege of photographing, but those perceived as different hold a special place in my heart. These are the canines who have lost a leg, been born without eyes, or are still showing the scars of former abuse,” he said. “Most animals with ‘afflictions’ don’t dwell on them. They adapt to their bodies without complaint and they survive with determination. They push on, always, wanting to be included and involved in everything as much as they can, and as much as an able-bodied pet does.”
“The tenacity of animals to overcome adversity never ceases to amaze me. They make the most out of life and from them I have learnt so much about always seeing the positive in every situation and never giving up.”
And here they are.
This is Aryah who was crushed in the womb
Mya is blind
Bali Pip suffers from mange
Dot lost her eye
Jessie loves her wheels
Vegemite also lost an eye
Bandit was the victim of an acid attack
And Jakk was born with malformed front legs
The photos are incredible and inspirational. Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments, and share with your friends if you enjoyed. You can check out similar stories on Happiest, like this one about farmers banding together to help each other out.