BEAUTY IS A BEAST

The Hudson Milliner Art Salon
Dec 30, 2018 5:39PM

Shannon Greer was born in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas and was raised in New York City in the 1970's. Over the years, Shannon Greer has combined his love for animals and his background as a professional photographer to create a series of animal portraits he affectionately calls "Shanimals." In his free time he is either practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu or traveling, often to farms in upstate New York, in order to meet new animal pals.

Shannon Greer, photographer. Born in 1965 with BFA in Photography at SUNY Purchaseives in Hudson, New York where he finds a great number of animal subjects.

Shannon Greer
Darlin Goat, 2000-2018
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Shannon Greer
Baby Goat, 2019
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Shannon Greer
Icelandic Sheep, 2018
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Shannon Greer
Gentle Giraffe, 2000-2018
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Shannon Greer
Franky the Flamingo, 2000-2018
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Shannon Greer explains how he came about creating "Shanimals" :

"Like most well adjusted kids, I’ve always wanted to communicate with the non-hominid animals of the world. Further enhanced by Sesame Street and Warner Brothers cartoons, I wanted to be pals and go on hikes or play tag. As I got older, I thought it would be fun to go to a bar with a badger, or go have a nice meal with a Macaw. If that were possible, I know I could abstain from eating steak if my dinner partner was a steer.

Concurrently with these fantasies of being a Dr. Doolittle, was a great appreciation for the photography of August Sander. His gorgeous black and whites documenting the working class and the bourgeoisie of Germany were stark, to the point and very appealing to me. So what could be better than combining the documentary style of August Sander with the cartoonish style of Ren & Stimpy? So I have set on a course of not only recording the animals that come in front of me as documentary, but photographing them in a manner that imbue them with personality and disposition. Why do this? Because it makes me happy. It brings me great joy to live with these distinctive characters. It makes me giggle, laugh and smile, which is no small thing in this crazy world presently. It loops around to bring out the child in me, the one who wanted to carry on a conversation with a Camel or take tea with a Tapir. I hope too, that it brings out the child in all that gaze into the face of a laughing pig, make eye contact with a curious cow or look upon the face of a gentle giraffe. The above being said, I do have quite a few dogs and cats that consider me their good friend. Quite a few of them are comically inclined as well."

- Shannon Greer (2018)

Shannon Greer working in the "field" as he shoots pictures of cows.

Shannon Greer
Pig Butt, 2018
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Shannon Greer
Nugget the Lamb, 2000-2018
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Shannon Greer
Diamond Hills Cows, 2000-2018
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Shannon Greer
Curious Cows, 2000-2018
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Shannon Greer
Laughing Pigs, 2000-2018
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Shannon Greer
Darlin Goat, 2000-2018
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