Little Tuffy Explores the Arctic: Discovers Backyard Winter Wonderland

Little Tuffy Explores the Arctic: Discovers Our Backyard Winter Wonderland

After having been stranded inside during Chicago’s bitter cold weather that accompanied the past week’s massive snowstorms, little Tuffy finally ventured outside today to explore the Arctic and see what “Chiberia” was really like. Amazing…the backyard had been transformed into a snowy winter wonderland!

Little Tuffy Explores the Arctic: Discovers Our Backyard Winter Wonderland

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Elderly Animals: Photographs by Isa Leshko

Elderly Animals: Photographs by Isa Leshko

Elderly Animals: Photographs by Isa Leshko is a touching five-minute documentary short film created by Mark and Angela Walley at Walley Films, about a collection of extraordinary images by the young photographer Isa Leshko. Elderly Animals is a portfolio of luminous photographs that are a moving expression of empathy, as well as a celebration of life. Leshko began the project after she spent a year caring for her mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. Instead of photographing her family, she found an outlet for her experience in this series of portraits of aging farm animals.

Elderly Animals: Photographs by Isa Leshko

(Best Viewed in HD Full-Screen Format)

A gallery of these photographs can be viewed here.

Read more about Elderly Animals in The New York Times here.

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The Animals are Outside Today

Photography by Colleen Plumb: Mold-A-Rama Dinosaur with Ruth

Photography by Colleen Plumb: Sleeping Lion

Photography by Colleen Plumb: Daniel’s Lions

Photography by Colleen Plumb: Horseback

Photography by Colleen Plumb: Amish Horses

Photography by Colleen Plumb: Circus Elephant

Photography by Colleen Plumb: Nungesser Elephant

Photography by Colleen Plumb: Bird Hat

The Animals are Outside Today

Photography by: Colleen Plumb, Chicago

Animals are Outside Today is a fascinating collection of photographs by the Chicago photographer Colleen Plumb. Plumb’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography; the Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago; and the Beijing Natural Cultural Center in China. Her photographs are part of the Midwest Photographers Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Chicago Project at Catherine Edelman Gallery. Recent exhibitions have included shows at the Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City; group shows at Santa Monica Art Studios, California; Humble Arts Foundation, New York City; Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago; Chicago Cultural Center; and the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C.

Plumb describes Animals Are Outside Today as a visual journey offering us the chance to contemplate our intersections with animals and to consider the multi-layered impact that humans have on other living beings. According to Plumb, “Contradictions define our relationships with animals. We love and admire them; we are entertained and fascinated by them; we take our children to watch and learn about them. Animals are embedded within core human history, evident in our stories, rituals and symbols. At the same time, we eat, wear and cage them with seeming indifference, consuming them, and their images, in countless ways.”

Our relationships with animals today are often developed through assimilation and appropriation; we absorb them into our lives, yet no longer know of their origin. Most people are cut off from the steps involved in their processing or acquisition, shielded from witnessing their death or decay. This series of photographs moves within and between these contradictions, questioning whether the notion of the sacred and primal connection to Nature that animals convey and inspire will survive alongside our evolution.

Who Does She Think She Is?

Photo-Gallery: The Animals are Outside Today

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Photos of the Day: The Cuteness of Sweet Baby Animals

Photos of the Day: The Cuteness of Sweet Baby Animals

And now, for something completely adorable ….Do you need some sweet relief from the tumultuous political news cycle?  Having survived an impassioned midterm election, a barrage of pundit debates, and seizure-inducing graphics, we all need a little break from the madness.  Well, here’s just the antidote for you.  Settle in, sit back and enjoy the least controversial subject known to man: the cuteness of baby animals.  Click through this wonderfully soothing slide show while taking some deep, deep breaths.

A Video Slide Show: Cute Baby Animals

Slide Show: The Cuteness of Sweet Baby Animals

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The Town’s Been Invaded by Mystical, Imaginary Little Creatures!

The Town’s Been Invaded by Mystical, Imaginary Little Creatures!

Animals is a wickedly comical animated short film by Kristofer Ström, created for Minilogue’s music video, Animals.  Minilogue’s music is self-described as Swedish Post-House/Techno, leaving behind the boundaries of those genres, and actually all previous musical genres.  The magical little creature-animals serve as the musical front for the band, or rather as its visual front of imaginary, enchanting creatures.  And a very strange and goofy ensemble of cavorting little creatures they are!

Preparing  for the Performance: Unboxing the Animals

The Town’s Mystical, Imaginary Little Creatures

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Lucky: O Blest are the Survivors

Lucky: O Blest are the Survivors

Lucky is a 2-minute animated short film by Yibi Hu, who describes his main inspirational idea as an enigmatic but riveting vision of the potential warmth of humankind.  Lucky is an illustrative and evocative portrait of captivated animals, who suffer but ultimately survive in the gap between nature and humanity.

Lucky: O Blest are the Survivors

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ZooLogic: A Penguin and Gorilla’s Comedic Revolt Against a Pompous Zookeeper Bully

ZooLogic: A Penguin and Gorilla’s Comedic Revolt Against a Pompous Zookeeper Bully

ZooLogic is an unexpectedly hilarious, widely acclaimed 4-minute animated short film directed by Nicole Mitchell. The animated short was both the Development Award Winner and the Grand Jury Award Winner at the 2007 Nickelodeon Animation Festival; ZooLogic then went on to win the 2008 Student Academy Award Gold Medal in Animation.  The vintage-looking, hand-drawn film tells the story of a pompous, over-controlling zookeeper who forces his animals to look and behave as he thinks the public would expect.  This is much to the dismay of a lonely gorilla whose prized stuffed red toy is grabbed and thrown away, and to the annoyance of the lemur whose tail is painfully combed begrudgingly into a heavy display.

The zookeeper’s absolute rule begins to falter, however, when he encounters a fat little penguin, who refuses to be whipped into shape by him.  The mischievously comedic little penguin quickly gives the zookeeper his comeuppance, then teams up with the gorilla to lead the zoo’s other animals through a successful revolution comprised of a hilarious ensuing chain of events.  As an important analogy for children and young people, the animals come together against the zookeeper like children rallying to overcome a bully, but in a humorously light manner that young audiences can digest.

ZooLogic: A Penguin and Gorilla’s Comedic Revolt Against a Pompous Zookeeper Bully

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