Portraits of Disabled Animals Highlight the Beauty of Their Imperfections

Photographer Alex Cearns can see the beauty in all different types of animals and reveals this in her Perfect Imperfection series. Since we last featured her, Cearns has focused her lens on creatures who've faced various obstacles in their lives due to their physical disabilities. This includes birds with missing eyes, three-legged dogs, and cats who are completely blind. “One of my most passionate aims as an animal photographer is to capture the adorable subtleties that make all creatures precious and unique,” the artist told Bored Panda. “I love every animal I have the privilege of photographing, but those perceived as ‘different' hold a special place in my heart.”

While these animals are physically impaired, that doesn't make them any less beautiful. They are examples of strength and demonstrate that perseverance can conquer any challenge. Cearns realizes this and that's what makes her images as impactful as they are. “Most animals with ‘afflictions' don't dwell on them,” the thoughtful photographer explains. “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.” The artist's images aren't only visually stunning, they also serve as inspiration for anyone who's in the midst of a difficult situation.

Above: Snoopy, the three-legged beagle.

Scrappy, had both his eyes removed.

Baby goat with a broken leg.

Barbara, a victim of abuse who suffered from skull injuries.

A baby dove who had an infection that required an eye extraction and partial skull amputation.

Rowdy, lost her front leg to cancer.

Jack, the one-eyed pug.

A blind kitten.

Bali Pip has mange.

Mia, who is blind.

Savannah, who has a leg implant due to aggressive cancer.

Oompah, suffered from mange.

Nimh, had both eyes removed after birth complications.

Spike, suffered from mange.

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via [Bored Panda]

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