April 16, 2019 Photos by: Winnie Au
What happens when you take the dull and drab Elizabethan collar and let artists reimagine it? The stunning photographs by Winnie Au tell the tale.
A pooch that hasn’t rocked the cone of shame at least once in their life is a rare creature. Whether they’re recovering from their routine spay or neuter surgery or if their medical procedure was more serious than that, the horrible Elizabethan collar is always a part of the attire for the post-op pooch. The ‘cone of shame’ is uncomfortable, ugly, and closely related to medical procedures, so it’s truly a wonder that it inspired a photographer and designer duo to create something amazing.
Winnie Au, an NYC-based dog photographer, wanted to change the perception pet owners have about the e-collar. Her stylized dog portraits depict cone of shame reimagined as a work of art, rather than a drab-looking nuisance. The unique and striking cones in the photo session are the work of the costume designer Marie-Yan Morvan. And they are truly something else. Just take a look at this black and white contrasting duo with some serious Game of Thrones vibes!
The criteria for four-legged models was that they have a striking look and they feel comfortable wearing a cone for the photoshoot. The photoshoots lasted between an hour and a two per pooch, and not all of them were too enthusiastic about their gig. Au says that dogs are like toddlers- unpredictable to work with. Some dogs love the attention, some find it so boring that they fell asleep in the middle of it. Other just wanted to get it over with and get out to play.
But it’s not ‘just’ about great art and dogs being cute as always. Au’s goal is to raise awareness for rescue dogs who have urgent medical needs. All of the portraits from the series are available for purchase online ($65 per print), and part of the profits goes to Animal Haven‘s Recovery Road Fund to pay for medical bills of homeless pets. Dog-themed, beautiful art, and all for a good cause- what more could anyone ask for?
A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she’s not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.