Photographer Was Taking Cute Photos Of Rats To Brake A Negative Image Of Them
Diane Özdamar is a French illustrator, photographer and graphic designer, currently living in Montreal who has been taking pictures of pet rats for years hoping to break the negative image that is often associated with these lovely animals.
Diane Ozdamar: ‘As far as I can remember I have always loved rats and any rodent people would call ‘pest’. When I first got pet rats, I was thrilled to discover they were so clean, smart and affectionate, very far from the nasty dirty rat myth most people believe in.
Thus, I decided to rescue and foster abandoned and abused rats until I could find them a forever home. This led me to take pictures of them: finding a home to a rat is not an easy task since they suffer from a very bad reputation and I had to make their cute personalities stand out so people would consider adopting them.
Some of the rats you can see here were mine, others were rats I fostered, and some belonged to my friends. Most of these pictures have been exhibited for the last 5 years at the ‘Animal Expo’ show in Paris, where people can meet a team of animal rights activists and volunteers to get information about rodents and exotic pets maintenance’.