Photography centered around animals has always appealed to me for a variety of reasons, and a lot of photographers often use animals to insert humor into the work, or make things a little more lighthearted. I like a lot of work that does that, but your photos always manages a more serious tone, which I think is interestg.
I've always considered my work to be portraiture, so in that sense it's serious. I see what you mean, also, because for a lot of photographers, I think having animals appear in their photography is more to illustrate something else. It's not that common to just have portraits of animals without something else. And for me, it just grew that way. It started out photographing police dogs, then police horses, and as it evolved it became much more apparent what it really meant to me to photograph these animals, because of course, they're portraits of animals, but they're really about us. It's all about our relationship with animals, and also symbolically the relationship between two species, with the human species being very solitary in this world and needing the animals, basically. And it's about the diminishing existence of animals in our daily life, because they don't work so much anymore like they used to. We don't need them like we used to. But I think [not having closeness with animals] also takes away a large part of how we process things around us. Animals are very important for us to experience the way we live, without always having to relate to one another.