The Animals We Love

Published Jun 30, 2014 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 28 Contributors

    28 photos selected by

    Robin Schwartz
    Fine Art/Editorial Photographer
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    I met this baby elephant while documenting a baby elephant rehabilitation/release program in Assa...

    #baby #assam #orphan #cannon #elephant #india #kaziranga #portrait #nature #releaseprogram

    This assignment was a gift. A whole-hearted thank you for sharing your photographs and stories of animal loves in your home, in your neighborhood, and in travel around the world. I got to be a voyeur, as photographers are, and to live vicariously through your photographs. I took notes of locations I long to travel to. 

    We are akin in our connection to animals. I enjoyed seeing each and every photograph. Your captions and stories were enlightening and appreciated. I am a collector of images, keeping images in the file cabinet of my head. I know that sounds weird, but that is why I so enjoyed each and every photograph, plus the added information submitted. I'm interested in all aspects of animals, so all genres of photography with animal content were considered, from portraiture, nature, documentary, and photojournalism to editorial, fine art, and vernacular, including the snapshot. For me, this assignment also was an education about behavior, habitat, environment, and culture.

    This was an experience as an animal lover I will never forget and inspired me beyond words with h...

    #chicago #faith #inspire #inspiration #millenium_park #canine #dog #bean #inspirational #cloudgate

    Editor's Note

    Anthony, I so envy you meeting and photographing Faith the dog, an amazing and inspiring canine. I did not know Faith is an honorary dog in the US Army and now understand the camouflage shirt. Indeed this is a complicated photograph, with so much to look at beyond your subject; the sculpture and reflection... More

    Robin Schwartz
    Fine Art/Editorial Photographer

    This is me and Dillon, my blind cat. He and I have a symbiotic relationship. I rescued him, and h...

    Editor's Note

    Hannah, I admire you for rescuing Dillon, your blind cat. I hope you inspire others to look beyond the surface of the cute and young when doing the good deed of rescuing, it is hard to do. Of course the focus of this photograph is the dramatic eyes or lack of. Thank you, Robin

    Robin Schwartz
    Fine Art/Editorial Photographer

    Sonia(name of monkey) removing lice from head of his friend Sonu. Sonu & ramu are street children...

    #work #animals #poverty #childrenpet #street #children

    Editor's Note

    Tarun, I would like to see your project. This equal-ness in the boys and Sonia, this dependency and support comes out in your photograph. I believe sometimes there is quite a different relationship and understanding between animals and children which you show here. Send me a link if you have a website.... More

    Robin Schwartz
    Fine Art/Editorial Photographer

    A rare glimpse of human affection to it's surrounding species. The boy here helped the newborn fa...

    Along with the objective responsibilities of being an editor, I also allowed myself to include my own personal point of view. Whenever an image peaked my curiosity, which was often, I read the caption for more information. The captions and stories gave me insight into the image after it had hooked me visually. I found your stories so fascinating, so much so that while writing comments under the photographs, I had to stop myself from wanting to have a conversation to ask further about the photographs and your experiences.

    My dog taking a bath.

    #ruicaria #caria #family #rui #life #wild #dog #sheparddog #animal

    Boots the hen flying over Liz the Border Collie. Liz is a dual purpose dog, in that she works bo...

    #flying #bordercollie #chicken

    Tokyo,Japan

    #snow #animals #monkey

    Editor's Note

    Takeshi, It was challenging to choose which of your photographs of snow macaques to write to you about. All were compelling, but this one has the adults facial expression of wonder or concern about the snow which I thought was unusual, but parent like and the baby is just comforted, not the focus as cute ... More

    Robin Schwartz
    Fine Art/Editorial Photographer

    While driving back from Naran to Islamabad, I got to see this spectacular moment that attracted m...

    #tour_pakistan #horses #pakistan #travel #pakistan_mountains #naran

    protective mother

    #monkey_baby_mother

    On my way to photograph a religious festival at Pandharpur . People from different parts of Mah...

    #places #people #pandharpur_wari #p #culture #travel #portrait #dog #animal

    Daisy is an Appaloosa pony that I used to ride and jump a very long time ago. She is now blind fr...

    #farm #special #horse #portrait #love #shadows #pony #beauty #horses #light #blind

    Editor's Note

    Oh Bernadette, This is a heart felt tribute and a poignant photograph, Robin

    Robin Schwartz
    Fine Art/Editorial Photographer

    I have spent the better part of 4 years photographing the swans all year round at Lasalle Marina ...

    #closeup #bird #juvenile #humor #water #nature #trumpeterswan #swan #lake #animal #marina #waterbird

    A minute old piglet with its umbilical chord still attached on it gently being pampered.

    #places #happy #travel #culture #animals #pamper #piglet #newborn

    In Asia, it is a common sight to see people feed golden fishes like we feed pigeons in Europe - t...

    #kois #fishes #thailand #babybottle_feeding_fishes

    Wiley came to our house in as a pup, his mother had been shot. We raised him that season at our h...

    #coyote #wildliferehabilitation

    Tigers do socialize. Tiger-Tigress & 4 sub-adult cubs found enjoying the coolness of the waterhol...

    #6tigers #wild_india #junglerhythms #nirmalya #tigers #tadoba #forests #jungles #wild #animal

    I live in place which is isolated from residential areas, but still quite near to the city. There...

    #window #reflection #balcony #lamb #animals #black_and_white #estonia #nature #sheep

    Editor's Note

    Hi Kristoffer, Thank you for this reminder that so many people in my human-animal family have walked into the full size screen, including me. You gave me a big laugh. Thanks, Robin

    Robin Schwartz
    Fine Art/Editorial Photographer

    I took this shot of my dog "Lindo" while my wife was driving. The dog was having so much fun that...

    #car #fun #dog

    Kitty found a warm place to rest on a cooler day

    #cats

    'Cayenne' in the back, six months old :) one of the twelve puppies we fostered for the BCSPCA an...

    #rescued_animals #shelter_animals #rescued_dogs #black_and_white_photography #dogs

    As I walked through the narrow bazaar rickshaw drivers carelessly sped by, chewing and smoking wh...

    #animal #travel #asia #india #monkey #vrindavan #wild

    Editor's Note

    What makes this a dramatic portrait striking is that this is older macaque, ear torn, sagging skin and the intensity of the gaze. I wonder about the lightness eyes, if that is photoshop? Your fami... More

    Robin Schwartz
    Fine Art/Editorial Photographer

    I aimed to edit with empathy to animal subjects. It was an honor to view the photographs of loved household pets, the loyal, faithful, and stoic members of the family. There were stories of illnesses and there were the RIP notes. It was brave of you to submit the beloved photos of older animals, no longer quite as cute or fluffy as they once were, but so much more loved. I absolutely valued seeing and reading about those lifelong relationships. I took these very personally.

    I respect the dedication of the photographers who documented heart-wrenching images of destitute, starving animals and sometimes their people companions. There were also photos showing compromised health, evidence of neglect, and animal slaughtering.

    I admit crying over some of these images and ones of the older animals. Your experience will forever be with me from your photographs. 

    "Minutes turn to hours when I am photographing bonobos, and especially love to watch their manner...

    #primate #bonobos #wildlife #drc #congo #bonobo #nature #portrait #zoo

    The owner of this dog abandoned it and someone else is trying to help the dog.

    #friendship #man #kindness #dogs

    I was out photographing birds when I heard the cry from this goat, I first thought someone was st...

    #goatkid #animals #tamed #home #goats #husbandry #love #lovegoats #embrace #newborn #care

    I am not a wildlife photographer, but I love animals. Monkeys have always been my favourite anima...

    #wildlife #travel #animals #family #monkey #animal_behavior #nature #monkeys_india #srilanka

    Editor's Note

    Joel, Many of the primate photos entered are zoomed in quite close. Your photograph shows the theater of these macaques in their environment, an adult and three submissive juveniles and the so wonderful character on the right. Such a good observation.I am so glad you submitted. Robin

    Robin Schwartz
    Fine Art/Editorial Photographer

    Three years ago, I saw the girl carrying her dog at flooded area at somewhere in Myanmar . All mo...

    #myanmar #flooded #dog

    I felt a comradery with the plight of all mothers: mother dogs, mother monkeys, mother elephants, mother cats of all species, and mother birds of prey trying to feed their aggressive young. I thought about how incredibly hard all mothers work to keep their babies alive and safe, as well the commitment of people who care for their animals, be it for companionship or livelihood. I particularly loved seeing the varied relationships of mahouts in India and the variety of shepherds from around the world. Animal to animal relationships, both same species and interspecies, were wonderful and insightful.

    Thank you also for the comic relief, the cute and breathtakingly beautiful scenes with animals. I so appreciated those happy photographs; I needed them. A shout out to the large amount of submissions from photographers from Asia and the Middle East, and particularly India. I took notes for my future travel plans to India. I so appreciate your participation, and if you see me photographing in your hometown, please say "hello."

    The wolf it's not worry about me, he knows that i will shoot just with a camera

    #white #american #awd #italy #tree #eyes #sunset #wolfdog #wolf

    Editor's Note

    Lovely portrait of a beautiful white wolf looking afar with those outlined piercing eyes. Thanks for giving this wolf some habitat in the photo, the trees.

    Robin Schwartz
    Fine Art/Editorial Photographer

    What I truly enjoyed about this assignment is that everyone was committed to their subjects. This assignment was not a contest but a worldwide community sharing images of animals in every venue. I was interested in all of the photographs. Feedback is useful, but always take feedback and constructive criticism with a grain of salt, as each editor has their own individual point of view. If you truly love animals and if photographing animals gives you pleasure, then don't let any criticism impede your photography. Trust yourself and never stop photographing what you love.

    About the Editor
    Robin Schwartz
    Fine Art/Editorial Photographer
    Robin Schwartz's photographs are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. Her photographs are included in over 50 books, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Time Lightbox, The New Yorker ...
    172 comments
    Louise LeGresley
    Louise LeGresley

    What a gorgeous series... Animals are the best.  Why are so many still so cruel to them??

    Lisa Brown
    Lisa Brown

    What an eye catching, time filling group of photos. Loved the comments. It helped me not only see the picture, but took me out of my frustrating world and made it an amazing day.

    JoAnn Kunkle
    JoAnn Kunkle

    Beautiful, simple, majestic, awe causing and adorable.

    Eric Malan
    Eric Malan

    It is good to know that empathy and compassion still exist. With all the horror around the world everyday, it is good to hang on to the good things,

    Mary Kruger
    Mary Kruger

    Oh,they are all so beautiful in their own way! Happy,sad and wondreful.

    S Narayanan
    S Narayanan

    All these photos managed to convey the affection and love that so many of us have for animals, as well as the connections between human and animal. Great assignment, great story.

    Simona P.
    Simona P.

    All photos are amazing! Each one shot has a story .... Good luck!

    Michelle Le Ber
    Michelle Le Ber

    Une grande émotion dans toutes ces photos !

    Merci beaucoup c'est très beau !

    andrea berrow
    andrea berrow

    These are beautiful capture and heart warming stories 

    Reginal Massey
    Reginal Massey

    Nice emotional work with animals, Congratulation to all photographers & selectors team.

    Lu Pg
    Lu Pg

    Thanks for this beautiful story 

    TAMMY ELLIS
    TAMMY ELLIS

    WE NEED TO PROTECT THE ELEPHANTS FROM POACHERS.

    • HELP WITH SOCIAL CONNECTION, PLEASE!

    Anup biswas
    Anup biswas

    Each n every shot tell its own stories..!!

    Simply amazing..

    shilpa honakeri
    shilpa honakeri

    Congrats to all the winners..!! :) 

    Excellent work by everyone and wonderful selection by Robin..!!

    Great work..!! :)

    Ankush Bhuyan
    Ankush Bhuyan

    A truly great selection. Congratulations Robin, congratulations to the Selected. Enjoyed my first assignment.

    Kathleen Maas
    Kathleen Maas

    Extraordinary photography, many of which tell a story.






    Pat Sense
    Pat Sense

    Awesome work. we are lucky to have come across with you and your fun. Great..

    Phillip Chang
    Phillip Chang

    Congratulations! I love those wonderful photos!

    Mary Sastre
    Mary Sastre

    People have a lot to learn from animals <3

    Gerard M.
    Gerard M.

    Lesson Learned. If you can't afford to travel the world your photos don't make the cut? Sorry...have to be honest...

    Adriana Kastelan
    Adriana Kastelan

    Wonderful photos with beatiful stories. Big congratulations to all. Thank you for this assignment. It was my first and enjoy to see all great photos and be part of that.

    Ken Sundaram
    Ken Sundaram


    Very Impressive and interesting Images by the Contributors. Robin, you have done a wonderful job of selecting the best ones out of so many hundreds. I wish to thank you for clicking "LIKE" on my shot.

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