On a mission to prove every animal is beautiful and deserving of a loving home is award-winning Australian photographer Alex Cearns.
Her heart-warming photo portrait series titled ‘Perfect Imperfection’ features dozens of disabled animals – some with missing limbs, missing eyes and skull injuries. The majority of the impairments are the result of natural causes – such as cancer or birth abnormalities – sadly some are the result of physical abuse and neglect.
“To me, all animals are beautiful – able-bodied animals and those who have had a harder path to walk, with physical ailments,” said Alex.
“I always want people to see my subjects the same way. If a three-legged dog is the focus of my lens, I want to lead with the character of that dog, rather than dwell on his or her physical differences or limitations.”
From cats and dogs to birds, and even a young goat – Alex’s portraits not only highlight the beauty of each animal but also their ability to overcome their adversities.
“Animals are so stoic and they push forward regardless of what befalls them,” continued Alex.
“They always seem to see the bright side of everything and are grateful each and every day – especially dogs.”
“I admire the ‘Perfect Imperfection’ animals so much – for their determination, steely spirits and ability to move forward without complaint.”