Portrait series: Your Pet and You

Photographs by Tobias Lang

German photographer Tobias Lang had a brilliant idea, he started photographing his friends and their pets and suddenly folks from all over the world where asking him to capture them too.
Check out his Facebook page to see. Tobias is in the process of putting together a coffee table book of his impressive collection.

Tobias Lang is a veritable newbie to the photography game. It was only in 2008 that the former IT director quit his job and started a photography apprenticeship leading to a permanent role as a full time freelance photographer in 2010.

His latest project Your Pet and You is a seemingly simple premise whereby pet owners are photographed alongside their pets on a wooden plinth. However the resulting shots, published in mainly in “charismatic” black and white hold much more depth, and are all at once sweet and quirky.

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The project began simply enough, as Lang couldn’t help noticing his roommate’s cats would constantly perch on the wooden block in his living room. He began shooting both the cats and their owners and gradually, the idea took on a life of its own and extended to more friends and family, and eventually strangers. Lang says of the project, “I love animals; they have so many characteristics and behaviors. I like to work with them, because they are not vain, they just act! Normally I like to photograph people, which is my real passion. In the project both subjects appear so all my favorites appear.”

Yes some of the shots prove that pets really can look like their owners but there is so much more to the project, and the warmth and personality lying beneath is a joy to behold. Lang puts it best himself. “I like the confidence between the pets and their owners… working out their characters, is the most sparkling thing about the series”. (Text provided by Tobias Lang)












Pet owner Jessica with her housecat, "8Ball".
Your pet and You
Pet owner Jessica with her housecat, "8Ball".
Pet owner Maik with his English bulldog, "Lady".
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Pet owner Maik with his English bulldog, "Lady".
Pet owner Alina with pet rat, "Muffin".
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Pet owner Alina with pet rat, "Muffin".
Pet owner Tim with his Jack Russell terrier, "Milo".
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Pet owner Tim with his Jack Russell terrier, "Milo".
Pet owner Jenny with her iguana, "Blue".
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Pet owner Jenny with her iguana, "Blue".
Pet owner Isabel with her blind housecat, "Captain Jack".
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Pet owner Isabel with her blind housecat, "Captain Jack".
"Waldemar - 1-year-old long-eared owl with Inga"
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
"Waldemar - 1-year-old long-eared owl with Inga"
Pet owner Marcel with his French bulldog, "Lennox".
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Pet owner Marcel with his French bulldog, "Lennox".
Pet owner Erik with his panther cameleon, "Bambam".
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Pet owner Erik with his panther cameleon, "Bambam".
Pet owner Sara with her Sphinx, "Lucy".
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Pet owner Sara with her Sphinx, "Lucy".
Pet owner Matthias with his mini griffon, "Brutus".
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Pet owner Matthias with his mini griffon, "Brutus".
Pet owner Holger with his pet kingsnake.
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Pet owner Holger with his pet kingsnake.
Pet owner Angelika with her Mallorcan ratting dog, "Batman".
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Pet owner Angelika with her Mallorcan ratting dog, "Batman".
Pet owner Cori with her housecat, "Momo".
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Pet owner Cori with her housecat, "Momo".
Pet owners Cornelia & Jennifer with their Andalusian mix, "Finya".
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Pet owners Cornelia & Jennifer with their Andalusian mix, "Finya".
Photographer Tobias Lang.
Portrait series: Your Pet and You
Photographer Tobias Lang.

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