What would it look like if these creatures came into the studio and asked to have their portraits made?
In his amusing portrait series “Chattel,” photographer Kevin Horan has visually captured the distinct personality of each Whidbey Island, Washington sheep and goat who posed for his camera, channelling their “inner supermodel” in a strangely anthropomorphic way. In an interview with Slate, Horan, who was recently named to the 2014 Critical Mass Top 50, stated that when he started this project in 2007, he also planned to use horses.
I let the horses go. …It’s the long face. It doesn’t read like a face to me. There is an analogy to human portraiture [in the series], and I just can’t make it work with the horses. People love horses, and I don’t mean to offend them, but I’ve never really gotten them to work.
photos by Kevin Horan