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Earlier this year, Dallas-based photographer Sylvia Elzafon took a series of animal portraits that featured pets in shelters awaiting their forever homes.  The photos gorgeously capture each animal’s distinct personality.  Here are two of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elzafon told the Huffington Post:

I began my original shelter series in 2005, because I saw the need for a message. This message was: Why are you breeding animals, or buying animals, when so many of these wonderful, beautiful dogs and cats are dying in shelters every day? People were really beginning to acknowledge the need for education and action in the shelter world. The original series was focused on evoking emotion in people, which it did. The images were dark, heavy, and meant to address a huge problem while showing the audience that these shelters really are sad places for companion animals.

My current headshot series brings attention to these incredible dogs in a different light. Instead of feeling sadness and despair, the overall reaction has been extremely positive. People are laughing — hard. They’re seeing the huge personality of these shelter dogs through the images. I’ve had a couple of friends tell me that, although they’re not “dog people”, the photos make them consider adopting one! In other words, this series is reaching people in a really fun and positive way. Though the dark and heavy images are still very important and effective in their own way, people do better when they feel better. A break from the sadness and guilt never hurt anyone. I love showing the amazing personalities these dogs have when they’re given the chance.

For more beautiful portraits, visit the Shelter Series at www.sylviaelzafon.com.

 

 

2 Responses to “Sylvia Elzafon and the Shelter Series”

  1. Sylvia Elzafon says:

    Thanks for the kind words and faves, Katie. :)

  2. Katie says:

    It was my pleasure! Thank you for your good work.

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