Tamara Kenneally Photography – photography to help us understand

 

Tamara Kenneally Photography - Trouble getting a pat.

Tamara Kenneally Photography – Trouble getting a pat.

Tamara Kenneally’s Photography presented me, especially in my research about factory farming, with pictures of the reality of farm factory animals in Australia. It is always tempting to say ‘Oh, that doesn’t happen in my backyard’, but it does, and I found that Tamara, as a professional photographer, displays the nasty truth with contrasting aesthetics. Her pictures of hurt and suffering are, in a sad way, beautiful.

But, this is not to say all her work is shocking and about animal cruelty, not at all. If you want to see just beautiful animals, her page offers a lot of that too. Pictures that show the personality of an animal, and whether they are happy or sad pictures, they all seem to portray their lives without a judgement, leaving it up to the viewer how to connect.

If you don’t know her work yet, do go and have a look, it will probably touch you, if not, educate you. These photos, maybe more so because of the lack of commentary, give an insight to the souls of the animals in them, and I learned a lot :-)

 

A quote from Tamara’s website:

  • Tamara Kenneally is an award winning, animal based photographic artist situated in Melbourne, Australia. Tamara has an passionate interest in animal behaviour, animal rights and animal welfare which greatly influence her work. She has a degree in Media Arts (fine art photography) and post graduate qualifications in Animal Welfare.Tamara has exhibited widely in both group and solo exhibitions around Australia. The way in which people view, use and relate to animals are examined in her bodies of work. She is currently particularly interested in portraying the beauty and explotation of farmed animals as well as the plight of caged birds.Tamara’s love of animals began when she was very young and her photography obsession blossomed not long after. At 11 years of age her beloved dog, Buddy, became her full-time photographic model for the next 17 years.She hails from a film photography background and has a passion for creating her images within her camera, this means no cropping and very little post processing on her images. Tamara likes to work with natural light and settings. She believes that animals do not belong in the studio.Tamara hopes her audience walk away from her work with a new found respect and compassion for animals.Please don’t hesitate in contacting Tamara via the contact tab to discuss having portraits taken of your friend or any other questions you may have.
  • ARTIST STATEMENT

    The beauty of animals captivates me.
    Their truth, instinct and innocence grounds me.
    All I ever wanted to do was to be surrounded by animals, they tell you exactly who they are through their eyes and their behaviour.
    Humans create so much pain for so many animals and without a voice they can’t tell their stories. I try to speak for them through my images.
    I produce bodies of work which look at animal issues whilst also portraying the beauty of the animal.
    I like to represent my subjects as the individual souls and personalities they are.
    All animals are worthy of a happy, enriched life. All of them. The dog chained up in the backyard. The chicken at the factory farm. The bird in the cage. The tiger at the zoo.The pig in the sow stall. All of them.

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