There have been a lot of changes over the past few days here at Animals In Our Lives. As you can see by looking over my old blog posts, I never posted as regularly as I should have, and that is largely because I was never entirely happy with the direction and methods I decided on for spreading the message that I was trying to spread. What is this message? In short, that every animal should be valued, every animal deserves our respect, and we should be willing to take action to better the lives of all animals, both captive and wild.
What is it that makes somebody value animal life? While this is a question that probably many have pondered over, I think it comes down to understanding. In order to love an animal, people have to see the beauty of that animal, witness the amazing facets of the animal’s life that makes it unique, learn and understand why it is that the animal exists in the way it does. In short, exposure leads to appreciation.
For some animals, this comes easy. Many people grow up surrounded by dogs and cats and, as a result, develop a lifelong love of them. Primates remind people of ourselves, which helps to bridge the gap between our species. Animals that are cute and fluffy or large and majestic are charismatic and can easily find admiration and affection. However, when we start getting in those animals that are largely the opposite of these, animals with scales instead of fur, for example, it becomes harder and harder for people to make that connection. The farther away from human an animal is, the less likely it is to be valued by people.
How do we combat this, though? There are many animals that I haven’t particularly cared for in the past that I am now intrigued and fascinated by. What changed? Most of the time, it was because I had some reason to do some research and read about what it is that makes that animal what it is. But the average person is most likely not going to take the time or have the incentive to do this research. That is why I decided on the current approach of Animals In Our Lives.
Our society, especially in the modern internet connected smartphone age, is an increasingly visual one. We are stimulated and attracted to visual forms of media, and the prettier the better. Thus, what better way to introduce people to animals than through photography?
All of the pictures in the Photography section of this website were taken by me. They were all taken in a method that tries to show the animal in a way you typically don’t see it. I try to highlight in each photograph that every animal is an individual, a unique being, and I try to show these animals as the amazing creatures they are.
My goal is to expand my catalog of images as much as possible, to photograph as many different animals as possible, in order to have the greatest impact I can. While the focus of this website will no longer be the blog, I do still hope to continue using that space to discuss my thoughts and observations on the world around us.
I hope you come back often to look through my galleries. Read about the animals I photograph. Force yourself to look at those animals you may not otherwise look at (I’m looking at you, snake and spider haters) in order to truly see and appreciate them. We only have one planet that we all share, and every life form on it plays its own role. Learn to love your neighbors.