Academy of Art University
San Francisco, CA
When I started school I knew I loved photography, but I had no idea what I wanted to take pictures of," says Sarah Zemunski. "Everyone else was shooting people, fashion, still life, landscapes, but I didn't seem to have a particular interest in any of those areas." What Zemunski did know was dogs, her lifelong love. "I was with dogs so much that I began taking pictures of them for school assignments," says the photographer, who found her models at doggy day care and through the dog-walking service she worked for. "I realized I could combine my two life passions."
Zemunski's striking portrait is of an abused dog named Zoey. "She's very shy and insecure," says the photographer. "She'd rather keep to herself than socialize with other dogs or people." Zoey is surrounded by leaves because "it's as if she is using them to hide herself," says Zemunski, who hopes to do "high end" dog portraiture once she finishes school. "I see people in the dogs I shoot. Every dog has a different personality." -Russell Hart