I'm going to take a moment to quote from the description of Annushka Munch Photography on LinkedIn:
Annushka Munch Photography believes in the power of images to tell stories. Each photograph or photo essay is the starting point for a discussion of human rights; power; privilege; stereotypes; media depiction; poverty; mental health; and other issues. The business also partners with nonprofit organizations to support their efforts through direct donation, fundraisers, and volunteering.
Sounds great, but is it true? Starting discussion with images - okay, I can see that, there was a great response to the Seven Heavenly Sins exhibit in April - but what about the rest? Up until now Annushka Munch Photography has been involved with no nonprofit organizations or official causes, which is why I am excited to announce that this business will finally be living up to one of its stated goals.
Starting in January, I will be volunteering with the MSPCA (the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to provide high-quality images of cats and small pets who are up for adoption. Pets are more likely to be adopted if they look cute in their online photo. Annushka Munch Photography will be taking these cute pictures for no charge for the use by the MSPCA on PetFinder to find pets new homes.
I am so excited to get started! When I was little my family foster-cared feral kittens, along with having our own cats and a dog, and my first job was actually for a vet (this was back when I thought I wanted to go to medical school, it seemed like a good step at the time); this seems like the perfect opportunity to get some fluff back into my life now that I live in a pet-free apartment.
The cat pictured is Spooky Loo. My family adopted her when she was about a year old when she was deemed "too old" to be adoptable, as most people only adopt kittens. Loo Loo was fifteen when she died a few weeks ago after a seizure. She was one of the most difficult subjects I have ever photographed (try catching detail on a black cat!) and this is my favorite photo of her.