Ahhhh, the cone of shame. This canine torture device is, unfortunately, a necessity at one time or another in every dog’s life — and they make no effort to hide their true feelings about it, either!
Timeout is a new photo series from one of our favorite photographers, Ty Foster, that seeks to explore the hardships associated with the cone. From being a hindrance at meal time to denying the simple pleasure of a good behind-the-ear scratch, these images show how dogs really feel about these ‘plastic prisons’.
Ty explains his inspiration for the series:
I’ve been thinking about shooting a smaller set of portraits for a while now and I just wanted a unifying theme for them. I was brainstorming some ideas and it wasn’t until my dad had sent me a text and both of their dogs had been put in ‘timeout’ with the cone of shame that I started thinking about a series with the “cone of shame”. Coincidentally enough, later that day I am walking Magic, our pit-mix rescue around the neighborhood and another dog walks by with a cone on and then I knew I was definitely going to do the shoot.
For those of us who have pets I think we’ve all experience the pain and hardships that accompany the plastic prison that is the cone and I really wanted to showcase those emotions and hardships in this series. I was also lucky enough to collaborate with two very talented women; Lona Walburn, who retouched the project for me and Natalya Zahn who did the illustration for the title.
See more of Ty’s amazing dog and animal photography on www.tyfoster.com.