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It's a Zoo Out There

by Rachael Hale

      "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France

Babies and animals are absolutely irresistible, especially in photography books. Rachael Hale is well known for her animal portraitures. I can tell you they really are picture-perfect. In looking at the Suffolk Cross sheep with the pink daisies necklace, one can only wonder how she was able to get it to sit on the pink background, much less capture the trusting look in its eyes. In picturing the domestic animals, one can expect to see sweet expressions, baby faces and over-sized puppy-sized paws, but the wilder animals, and pigs and sheep? It's totally amazing and at some points hilarious, like Maybeline Ballerina, the little piggy in a tutu. Even funnier is the naked cat dressed only in a scarf. There are pigs smoking, pigs with roses, and kittens in pockets, soulful looking dogs and a regal-looking giraffe. Once you discover Hale's animal portraits you'll want more. Not to worry, her images can be found on calendars, posters, greeting cards and stationery.

The Book

Bulfinch / Time Warner
October 25, 2005
Arts & Photography / Animals
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The Reviewer

Brenda Weeaks
Reviewed 2005
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