Passion for pets: Rankin’s celebrity portrait series inspires giving back to pets in need
Stars of stage and screen have come together for a very special photography portrait series celebrating the role pets play in our lives, shot by internationally renowned photographer Rankin.
Bob The Street Cat and owner James Bowen, actors Miranda Richardson, Joanna Scalan and Issac Hempstead-Wright, and comedian Jimmy Carr – who is pictured with his own Blue Cross dog, Marnie – are just some of the celebrity pet lovers who took part in this series to raise awareness of rehoming pets.
Rankin, who also snapped a self-portrait with Blue Cross horse, Splodge, said: “Pets change our lives. I know mine certainly have and that is why I wanted to join forces with Blue Cross and their famous friends and through this series of unique portraits, inspire people to give back to pets in need for the amazing, enriching and wonderful roles pets play in our lives.”
Blue Cross Chief Executive, Sally de la Bedoyere, said: “We were incredibly excited when Rankin agreed to give up his time to take photos for this portrait series. The images couldn’t be a more fitting and perfect celebration of pets and a clear inspiration of why we need to give back to all those pets in need. The horses, kitten, baby bunny and several of the dogs featured in the portraits were all ones who arrived at Blue Cross in a time of need and we will always be there to give back to pets as they do so much to enrich our lives.”
View the full series of photographs below.