Perfect Imperfection: Photographer Documents The Beauty Of Animals With Disabilities

From dogs with three legs, to cats born without eyes, Perfect Imperfection celebrates the intrinsic beauty of animals who have overcome adversity and adapted to a physical impairment.


After constant eye issues, Scrappy had both his eyes removed


Kitten Nimh had both eyes removed after complications from birth

Photographed with care and sensitivity by leading Australian animal photographer, Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio, each image leads with the beauty of the animal subject, making their physical issue almost a subtle afterthought.


Baby Goat  who had a broken leg


A 3 legged rescue puppy saved by the Bali Animal Welfare Association


Savannah, the beloved Rottweiler had an groundbreaking implant placed into the bone of her front left leg after having half amputated due to an aggressive cancer. RIP

Cearns says “One of my most passionate aims as an animal photographer is to capture the adorable subtleties that make all creatures precious and unique. I love every animal I have the privilege of photographing, but those perceived as “different” hold a special place in my heart. These are the creatures who have lost a leg, been born without eyes, or are still showing the scars of former abuse. Most animals with “afflictions” don’t dwell on them. They adapt to their bodies without complaint and they survive with determination. They push on, always, wanting to be included and involved in everything as much as they can, and as much as an able bodied pet does.”

Fire of Hatred

In Iran, some vengeful lovers, spurned suitors or aggrieved family members turn to the awful, violent act of acid-throwing to exact revenge. This portrait series gives a platform for the victims to speak out.

This powerful yet disturbing photographic series from Asghar Khamseh is about the prevelance of acid-throwing in Iran was selected as a finalist in the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

Acid throwing is a specific and horrible act of violence which, according to official statistics, is on the rise in Iran.

This kind of violence is mostly against women and children. These attacks are often done with the intent to disfigure, maim, torture and destroy the social life and future of their victims.

The motivation to commit this type of violence is cultural destitution and intolerance. It most often happens in situations of family conflict: whether rejected marriage proposals, divorce requests or revenge.

In addition to physical and psychological damage, the victims face the experiences of social stigma and blame.

Across Iran, such victims are in dire need of medical and financial support as well as counseling services. Unfortunately, there is no governmental or even non-governmental organizations who attend to these issues in the country. Thus, burn victims have to treat themselves with recourse only to public aid and charitable donations.



Jesus Is My Homeboy

David LaChapelle is an American commercial photographer, fine-art photographer, music video director, film director, and artist.

He is best known for his photography, which often references art history and sometimes conveys social messages. His photographic style has been described as “hyper-real and slyly subversive” and as “kitsch pop surrealism

LaChapelle created this series of six photographs entitled Jesus Is My Homeboy,  he said that through this series, he wanted to “rescue the teachings of Christ” from the fundamentalists, who use Jesus’ words to judge and condemn rather than uplift.  Unlike a lot of contemporary Jesus art, he said, Jesus Is My Homeboy is not meant to be ironic or shocking, but to convey a beautiful sentiment, and the sincerity of his own faith.91r0T14fGgL 77686f0015f0ab4f346fa8cc0e6ca3d6



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Maryam Marvi