February 26, 2019
Images © Winnie Au
Any one who’s been inside shouting distance of a canine proprietor has in all probability heard the time period “cone of disgrace,” a euphemism for the medically prescribed gadgets that canine should generally put on. The cones, historically uncomfortable and product of stiff plastic, retains canine away from their post-surgery stitches or uncomfortable pores and skin circumstances.
Photographer and canine mother Winnie Au sought to flip the narrative on these puppy-eyes-inducing gadgets by showcasing canine in a wide range of delightfully frilly and fluffy cones. The picture collection, Cone of Disgrace, enhances every canine’s physique kind, fur, and character with handcrafted cones by costume designer Marie-Yan Morvan.
Au shares with Colossal that the featured canine had been forged from throughout New York, as she and Morvan sought to find attention-grabbing wanting canine, and in addition match canines to pre-existing cone ideas. The pair labored collaboratively to attract from Au’s free concepts like “sea urchin” or “cotton sweet,” and homed in on possible designs and supplies. Textured cones had been fashioned from feathers, egg shells, and straws, and modern designs had been made with fake flower petals and make-up software wedges.
“Once I concepted this collection, it was meant to be extra summary and fewer easy portraiture,” the photographer explains. “So once I appeared on the canine, I might have a look at their fur as one factor, the backdrop coloration as one other factor, after which the cone fashion can be the ultimate factor. The purpose was to place the items collectively like an summary portray and ensure the colours and tones labored in symmetry with one another.”
Au has simply launched the “Cone of Disgrace” photos in notecard format, as a part of a Kickstarter marketing campaign that helps Animal Haven’s Restoration Highway fund. You’ll be able to observe Winnie Au and Marie-Yan Morvan on Instagram.