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QUIRK OF NATURE

In his portraits, Dan Burn-Forti captures dogs’ silliness spliced with sophistication.

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QUIRK OF NATURE

When the old adage ‘never work with children or animals’ was announced, Dan Burn-Forti must have had his headphones on. Or, more accurately, the London-based photographer took a few random photos of dogs, deemed them folio-worthy, and was soon inundated with requests for commissions: “Before I knew it, I had a separate animal portfolio and something of a standalone career as a photographer of beasts.” While human subjects remain Burn-Forti’s bread and butter, the superiority of canine nature can’t be denied: “I’m pretty much certain that dogs are better than humans. Sure, dogs can get tired or a bit nervous on set, but they never throw a strop and storm off or complain about the time it’s taking,” laughs Burn-Forti. In addition to their on-set chill attitudes, dogs are just straight-up sincere, which is what Burn-Forti enjoys most. He captures this earnestness with crisp simplicity in his portraits—a style distinguished by unique compositions, Wes Anderson-esque palettes and silliness spliced with sophistication: “When I’m photographing animals, I try to show something of their quirky personality, rather than just generic stereotypes. Rather than it being a portrait of a border collie, I want it to be a portrait of Fido the border collie. Each dog has its own personality and it’s the funny little moments of individuality that I want to capture.”


All images courtesy of Dan Burn-Forti
danburnforti.com
@burn4t

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