So many great photos, it's always hard to choose just a few to highlight his visit. Thank you, Mark, who's been telling Home for Life's® story through photos for nearly 20 years!
Home for Life® is a new idea in animal sheltering, an animal sanctuary for special needs animals. We could proselytize until we were blue in the face about why care for life sanctuaries are needed, and how our mission makes a difference. But with a single photo, Mark illustrates why Home for Life® has and continues to save lives of the animals we help.
In Home for Life's® history, we have had to struggle against the thought that our animals are pathetic and their stories heartbreaking. That they would be better off dead. If no one would even see our animals, how could Home for Life® help them or justify their need for help? Good and kind people want to turn away from any photos of what one called our "damaged animals". Mark's photos have shown them to be anything but pitiful: on the contrary: beautiful, soulful, full of life, joyful, and worthy of support and attention. Because of his portraits of our animals, Mark has made it possible for us to help these animals who so need and deserve our assistance.
Mark's photos also have revealed that despite the challenges our animals have faced—old age, disability, neglect, abuse—they still have much to live for and much to give. Because of his photos, which have been the cornerstones of our newsletters and website, our animals are seen. Before, animals like those at Home for Life® were thought to have little to offer and were shunned or hidden away. By making it possible for our animals to be visible and in such a beautiful way, Mark has given our animals an invaluable gift. No one can ever again dismiss them as having nothing to live for, nothing to give just because they could not find a conventional adoptive home.
See all the photos from his shoot here.
More about Mark and some of our very favorites of his photos from over the years.