SHAKE explores the humor and drama captured in an animals shake. Being able to freeze their distorted faces leaves the observer ample time to explore the unexpected, kinetic expressions that are produced in these typically invisible moments.
The images are universal and highly original. They can be enjoyed by fine artists and animal lovers alike as proven by winning Photo District News’s highly regarded Faces Award earlier this year, and being featured as artist portfolios in Rolling stone, Vanity Fair, Esquire, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Animal Planet’s Daily Treat.
Davidson has become a recognized name in the field of animal photography by both the fine art world and the animal community. Her popular website received approximately 2 million hits last year and her work continues to be featured worldwide.
Differently Abled Pets
My idea for the series stared about two years ago when I was walking along Canon Beach here in Oregon with some friends. There was this totally beautiful German shepherd in a wheelchair playing fetch with its owner. It was so happy, a dog doing what dogs do, totally undeterred by its disability. I felt inspired by the whole scenario. The owner made this choice out of love, to do a little extra work every day to make sure his friend was happy and comfortable.
I thought a lot about this pair in the following weeks, and decided I wanted to create project showcasing differently abled pets and telling their stories in order to show the world that they are happy, thriving companions. They are not sad, they are not in pain, and the owners and animals continue to be a great value to one another.
I really hope what people take away from these stories is information to make decisions for their own pets, an appreciation for the resilience of all animals, and ultimately a sense of normalcy from the photos and stories. Technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, and our relationship and compassion towards animals continues to evolve. I think this project is simply following a natural trajectory towards a greater acceptance of these pets.
Fetch is a work in progress started in 2011. Again I’m exploring the movement of dogs, this time focusing on how their play and prey drive takes over their expression as they fetch objects (or attempt to) in mid air.