Animal City #1

Kerry's work won Fashion Television's "Naked in the House" in 2004!

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    | 16"x20" (Framed)
      Edition of 50
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    | 20"x24" (Framed)
      Edition of 25
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      Edition of 5

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Kerry Shaw
Animal City #1 , 2012
from the series Animal City

I shot this series when I was just getting out of art school, and considering what my next move was going to be. Looking back, I can recognize that I felt like I was displaced in the “real” world around me, and liked the idea of using animals to communicate this awkwardness. I was also working nights as a waitress, so the city in the evening became my everyday life. I was interested in the idea of animals we wouldn’t normally see in the city, just becoming part of the landscape. Like a squirrel or a raccoon, they just existed as part of our every day. In this case, the night seemed like a perfect time for a zoo animal to roam freely, and ‘take back’ their geographical space.


The animals were photographed at different zoos, farms and animal sanctuaries over about a year. It took some time to collect enough images to produce the light, look and position I needed to blend them into their urban spaces.


I placed these three images in a horizontal format to emphasize the animals outside of their usual context, on a highway. The zebra background was shot at York University on a road that had some construction barriers. It was a foggy night so I was able to capture a long time exposure and keep it soft. Both the horse and highland cow were captured in North York near where I was working as a waitress. I would stop on my way home from work to grab some images if the night was clear. The horse is an older, gentle creature I met up at a farm near Barrie, Ontario. I saw him from the highway and pulled off onto a side road, jumped out of the car and he came close enough to me to hear the knocking of his hoof, and to show off his majesty – tail flapping and all.


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