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The look of love

From dogs and cats, to owls and tarantulas, Tobias Lang’s photographic series Your Pet and You sheds new light on man and their best friends.

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The look of love

Tobias Lang is a veritable newbie to the photography game. It was only in 2008 that the former IT director quit his job and started a photography apprenticeship leading to a permanent role as a fulltime freelance photographer in 2010.

His latest project Your Pet and You is a seemingly simple premise whereby pet owners are photographed alongside their pets on a wooden plinth. However the resulting shots, published in “charismatic” black and white hold much more depth, and are all at once sweet and quirky.

The project began simply enough, as Lang couldn’t help noticing his roommate’s cats would constantly perch on the wooden block in his living room. He began shooting both the cats and their owners and gradually, the idea took on a life of its own and extended to more friends and family, and eventually strangers. Lang says of the project “I love animals; they have so many characteristics and behaviours. I like to work with them, because they are not vain, they just act! Normally I like to photograph people, which is my real passion. In the project both subjects appear so all my favourites appear.”

As the series has progressed so has the breadth of subjects and Lang is open to all creatures weird and wonderful, like the strikingly beautiful Waldemar, the owl or the hairy tarantula that truly tested his courage. Same goes for Fibi, a cat with no interest in leaving her transport box. Despite her owner receiving minor flesh wounds from the camera-shy feline, and Lang only managing five photos; he still managed to take a great image and all others made it home in one piece.

Yes some of the shots prove that pets really can look like their owners but there is so much more to the project, and the warmth and personality lying beneath is a joy to behold. Lang puts it best himself. “I like the confidence between the pets and their owners… working out their characters, is the most sparkling thing about the series”.


For see the complete series, click here
tobias-lang.com

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