Her name is “Ramen Noodle” and on top of having the sweetest face…

… she is also handicapped and has no front legs. Not that it matters – as she seems to be happy and get around as any of her four-legged friends, and with a face like that she’s loved just the same. This series is the third I’ve posted on Carli Davidson’s work.

It’s truly evident, I’m truly a fan of this girl’s work. It seems that she has a knack for getting the viewer to connect with her subjects, which is really impressive. With the advances in technology, anyone now can take a crisp or clean picture with the improvements in cameras. But, there’s something about her shots that I love – how real her subjects are, how much personality she captures. With Carli’s work “imperfect” can evoke as much emotion and connection as those familiar cliché shots of cute, fuzzy animals. This is why I think her work is astounding and deserved another post.

I am not only loving how sweet this dog is, but her name is also just so fitting. I still feel that if Carli was to do these shots to help get animals rescued, we’d have a lot more pets in homes today.

I briefly featured Ramen Noodle in the last post, which featured Carli’s “Handicapped Series.”  The first of these three posts was the “Shake Series” – where she captured animals in the act of shaking – also worth checking out…

Carli Davidson Photography ::: Pets with Disabilities Series

PETS WITH DISABILITIES SERIES

This grouping concentrates on showing these incredibly sweet photos of people’s pets that have disabilities. When I first clicked on this gallery, I was instantly connected with these really sweet animals. As humans, we are always quick to notice when something or someone is “different” from the “norm.” Well, these photos show the obvious differences between what we might term as “normal” pets, but she ever-so-brilliantly was able to again master her technique in really capturing their genuine sweetness in the shot. If there was a price tag next to these animals and a store hooked up, my bank account would be EMPTY!

Now, there are no descriptions available to tell whether these were actually her pets, someone she knows or just some random stranger she approached. She does have experience working with animals in the Oregon Zoo and has had multiple pets over the years. Without those details, your guess is as good as mine here. On a side note, whoever came up with those contraptions to allow these animals to function and explore life should win a serious award. It’s so heartwarming to see that someone took the time to go through the steps to allow their fur baby the chance to explore life at their fullest potential. This person just raised the bar of that potential exponentially!

None the less, let me re-present to you Carli Davidson’s and a preview into her stellar photography featuring cute fur babies with various handicaps.

In case you missed the first post I made earlier, check out her examples ftom the Shake Series – where she has mastered so perfectly capturing animals in the act of shaking.  

Animal Trainer, Caretaker & Photographer ::: Carli Davidson

THE SHAKE SERIES

Not only are her photos honest and real, but she has a knack for capturing the humor and personality perfectly in each shot. This series focuses on shots of animals who were caught in the act of shaking. Check out the detail, the expressions, the natural distortions that are so real they look unreal, if that makes any sense whatsoever. Carli has found a way to take her two loves (animals & photography) and bring them both together, which really creates the best of both worlds. Her talent in allowing the animals to trust her allows her to get close to them, closer than most in order to really capture their character in each composition. What you see in each picture is nothing short of impressive!

So, who is Carli Davidson you might ask? She describes herself as the following:

Carli Davidson is both an internationally recognized award-winning photographer and an experienced animal trainer and caretaker. She is able to capture the innate personalities of her subjects using her professional understanding of animal behavior. She is a freelance photographer for the Oregon Zoo, and works regularly with domestic animals both commercially and personally for her fine art projects.

Carli spends much of her shoots rolling on the ground with her subject, getting in their skin as much as possible and encouraging them to open up to the camera. Her history working at the Oregon Zoo an well as nature preserves and animal rescues has given her the opportunity to care for everything from chimpanzees to rats. She shares her home with a dogue de Bordeaux named Norbert and a small, incredibly loud black cat named Yushi. 

Find out more about her on her site, and take some time to look through some of her other galleries. They’re really quite interesting and unique in their own respect.

Theo Jansen’s “strandbeest”

Theo Jansen | Animaris Percipiere “Beach Animals”

Since 1990, Theo started creating these beach animals, these new forms of life, skeletons which are able to walk on the windThe time, the effort, the planning, the sheer number of tubes you have to order for one of these… I can’t even imagine. These kinetic sculptures are designed to move gracefully and beautifully, powered only by the wind currents, which help them walk and move down the beach. His goal is to create these beach animals and release them into the wild, so they can endure the elements among nature and exist in herds.

How you might ask? Watch the video and see for yourself these beautiful “creatures” if you will as they come to life before your eyes. Incredible!!! From his words:

“Self-propelling beach animals like Animaris Percipiere have a stomach . This consists of recycled plastic bottles containing air that can be pumped up to a high pressure by the wind. This is done using a variety of bicycle pump, needless to say of plastic tubing. Several of these little pumps are driven by wings up at the front of the animal that flap in the breeze. It takes a few hours, but then the bottles are full. They contain a supply of potential wind. Take off the cap and the wind will emerge from the bottle at high speed. The trick is to get that untamed wind under control and use it to move the animal. For this, muscles are required. Beach animals have pushing muscles which get longer when told to do so. These consist of a tube containing another that is able to move in and out. There is a rubber ring on the end of the inner tube so that this acts as a piston. When the air runs from the bottles through a small pipe in the tube it pushes the piston outwards and the muscle lengthens. The beach animal’s muscle can best be likened to a bone that gets longer. Muscles can open taps to activate other muscles that open other taps, and so on. This creates control centres that can be compared to brains.”    ~ Theo Jansen

If you’re still curious to find out more, watch the TED film featuring Jansen.