Student Claire Watson is documenting rare breeds of farm animals and poultry as part of her photography degree.
“I have always been passionate about animals, so when I became interested in photography I decided to combine the two to specialise in animal portraiture,” she says.
Her aim in the final-year work, which has also seen her conduct interviews with rare breed owners and commercial farmers, is to document breeds, creating a visual archive and aid understanding of why rare breeds should be sustained.
Claire has captured the images in a natural environment and as studio portraits – photographing a range, including a Suffolk Punch horse, a Scott Dumpy Bantam chicken and a Balwen Welsh Mountain sheep.
“Hopefully these atmospheric, artistic, classical portraits of these animals will emphasise their beauty and noble presence to a wider audience. I want the direct gazes of these animals to inspire people and encourage them to help protect and conserve rare breeds for the future.”