Meet Alex Cearns, a professional photographer who takes pictures of over 900 domestic pets each year in her studio in Perth, Australia. She is not only the creative director of Houndstooth Studio, she is also the author and photographer of the books “Mother Knows Best – Life Lessons from the Animal World” and “Joy, A celebration of Animal Kingdom.” Her images have been published all around the world.
When you look at her pictures, you can see the closeness she achieves with each and every one of her subjects. They all seem so relaxed and engaged with her. She loves working with animals and it shows. She has become an inspiration for animal lovers in Australia who recognize her passionate advocacy for animal rescue.
For the past few years she has encountered many animals classified as disabled who have become her subjects in her studio. Many of them have been adopted from rescue organizations and still show the scars of their former lives. Others have had surgeries for illnesses like cancer which have led to the removal of limbs or eyes to prolong their lives. Either way, they are all animals considered different by many but particularly beautiful to Cearns.
These animals hold a special place in her heart and have led her to develop a project called “Perfect Imperfection” that continues to grow on a weekly basis. She portrays these animals beyond their disability— she captures the beauty and bravery within them. Their scars or disability don’t change who they are, don’t make them less and definitely don’t hold them back. They have learned to adapt to their situation and they survive with energy and enthusiasm.
Cearns told us: “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.”
“Perfect Imperfection” is dedicated to two brave fighters: Savannah and Rowdy. Both were client dogs owned by two separate people who took them to Cearns for studio photos. Both of them had their legs removed, in the hopes of stopping the spread of the cancer, but in both cases they sadly didn’t survive. Rowdy passed away about a month after the photo shoot at the age of 7, and Savannah about seven months after the photo shoot at the age of 4.
Cearns is now preparing the second part of this project, which for sure will be as beautiful and inspiring as the first one. If you want to see more of her work, you can visit her website or her Facebook page.
Here you can see some of the pictures of the “Perfect Imperfection” series.