Ford’s Collection of Animal Portraits features his acclaimed “Animal Kingdom” series alongside his most recent series “Good Dog.” This collection of intimate photographs captured by Ford showcase a variety of species across the animal kingdom exploring each animal’s personality and behavior. His objective is to capture simple, singular and beautiful portraits giving each animal the opportunity to elicit emotion and connect with its viewer. Ford utilizes a deconstructive approach to portraiture by isolating each animal on a stark backdrop focusing fully on the animal without distraction. Inspired by classic portrait photographers such as Richard Avedon, Ford’s practice highlights the essence of who a subject really is.
His unique process of photographing animals in the studio is exciting, challenging, and requires patience. Precise lighting and neutral backgrounds come together to create these timeless compositions. Each animal has their own personality and quirks that require quick reflexes to capture the perfect moment. In post-production, Ford uses dodging and burning treatments to subtly adjust the color and contrast of the image. These editing techniques, used by master printers in the darkroom for years, allows Ford to push the image into a soft and aesthetically pleasing composition. Despite Ford’s precise techniques and process, ultimately he releases control of the image to the animal to allow them to tell their own story.