Animal City #2

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

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Kerry Shaw
Animal City #2 , 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 shot 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.


These three images were photographed in the strip mall, inside the north Toronto urban sprawl I was living in at the time. I used the extreme vertical crop on each image to mirror these “parking lots” that store strips tend to be. I was fed up with how mundane it all seemed, and romanticized the visual of a giraffe standing beside my car, or an elephant at the telephone booth. Both events would have made this place much more exciting. Feeling displaced from where I wanted to live, which was in a community, I was the giraffe or the donkey in my mind.


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