By Luke Kenton
This pet-loving photographer captures the ‘perfect imperfections’ of injured rescue dogs showcasing their resilience and adorable differences.
Hoping to capture the subtleties that make all creatures precious and unique, lifelong animal lover and professional photographer Alex Cearns is on a mission the showcase the undeniable spirit of injured pooches.
Enamored by their ability to overcome overwhelming adversity and choose happiness and love, regardless of what they’ve been through, Alex is hoping to show that the world the beauty of rescue dogs and why they should never be loved any less than ‘regular’ dogs.
Compiling her favorite snaps over the past eight years into a heart-warming gallery, Alex has released a book, titled ‘Perfect Imperfection’, sharing the stories behind the portraits.
Alex, 43, owner of Houndstooth Studios in Perth, Australia, said: “As a child, my only companions were my dogs and the other animals on my farm.
“The tenacity of animals to overcome adversity never ceases to amaze me.
“They make the most out of life and from them I’ve learnt so much about seeing the positives in every situation and never giving up.
“Most animals with afflictions don’t dwell on them, they adapt to their new bodies without complaint and they survive with determination.
“In my images, I like to lead with the beauty of each animal, making their physical issue an almost subtle afterthought and photographing each one with care and sensitivity.
“The main thing I’ve learned with working with these dogs is that they live in the moment and don’t focus on their differences.
“Its a dream come true to be able to share these inspirational, determined dogs and their stories with the world.
“There are several messages in ‘Perfect Imperfection’ – beauty is everywhere, the outside is only a window dressing and disabled pets give the same love as any other; they have value and deserve the chance to live full and happy lives.”
To order ‘Perfect Imperfections’, click here: https://shop.abc.net.au/perfect-imperfection-dog-portraits-of-resilience-a