Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Maria Slough Photography

The Pawtraits Exhibition™

A collection of black and white images by Maria Slough

Over the last 20 months, media photographer Maria Slough has travelled approximately 2440 road miles, 360 nautical miles and 10,000 air miles to photograph well known faces and members of the public, including our very own Virginia McKenna, all with an animal of their choice. The photographs tell stories of love and companionship and each picture raises awareness for an animal related charity. The book of the entire collection is available to buy here and if you select Born Free as your chosen charity upon purchase we will receive £5 from its sale.

Statement from Maria Slough

“I love animals. For as long as I can recall I have shared an affinity with all creatures great and small. Rescued dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits and gerbils have all shared my life to date and many a while has been spent rescuing insects from friends swimming pools and hand feeding injured wildlife.

Star and Melon my beloved dogs, with their wagging tails on wiggling bottoms, smiling faces or demands for a cuddle make the world a better place for their being in it, as does my rescued cockatiel.

This love for animals was the inspiration behind The Pawtraits Exhibition™. Telling a story within a photograph is what I strive to do in my work as a media photographer. This collection of photographs that I have been lucky enough to capture will I hope inspire people to inquire about the relationships shared by those who have been photographed, and enquire about the incredible work that goes on each and every day around the world, for the animals and by the animals, by the charities that the photographs are raising awareness for.

I have had the most amazing time capturing these images. The animals, the people and the stories all so inspirational and I am so thankful to everyone who has been a part of this journey.”

Maria Slough with Virginia McKenna at The Pawtraits Exhibition
Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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