Pets At Home
This series of pictures explores the varying and complex relationships that owners have with their exotic animals. The keeping of such animals has been gradually on the increase over the past few decades as they have become more affordable and the knowledge of their upkeep has grown. But where 'traditional' pets such as cats and dogs provide the owner with a feeling of companionship and of being needed, many exotic animals cannot. With this in mind, there must be other motivations to keep such animals. For some owners, the low maintenance nature of keeping animals such as reptiles offers a welcome opposite to the keeping of cats and dogs and better fits their hectic modern lifestyles. For others, they are drawn to their animals simply through curiosity, fascination and sometimes as a means of one-up-manship. Some of these owners perhaps see their pets as a collection, a form of living top trumps between friends or the exotic keeper community. To others still, it is about conservation, caring for and breeding species that are under threat. Some even attempt to have the 'traditional' relationship of companionship, despite their chosen animals lacking the ability to reciprocate their love. This project aims to share a few of these individual owner/pet relationships and to reveal something about the exotic pet community.
Eugenijus Barzdius • James Doran • Katrina Forey • Christian Fowler • Ryan Grimley • Owen Harvey • Steve Jewitt • Joseph Jinks • Dimitra Kountiou • Olivia Martin • Scott Martin • Denise Marie Myers • Briony Oates • Gabriella Rose • Luke Santilli • Cathy Sharples • Mandy Thomas •