Striking Black-and-White Portraits of Sheep and Goats

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When it comes to portraits of animals, photographers usually know better than to try to get a cat to sit still for the camera. Most felines don’t have the patience, or paycheck, of Grumpy Cat. Dogs are a favorite subject for shutterbugs — from pups underwater and adorable pit bulls showing off the beauty of their breed, to dog beauty pageants and wet dogs mid-bath. But what about the rest of the animal kingdom?

Washington-based photographer Kevin Horan, who we learned about on Inspiration Now, has devoted attention to the goats and sheep on and around Whidbey Island — home to several farms, beautiful parks, and a nature reserve. Goats get a bad rep due to their association with Satanism. And those horns and horizontal pupils can be a little unnerving. But Horan reveals the humorous and majestic side of the goat and sheep. They’re all goofy grins, adorable beards, dramatic poses, and gorgeous manes.

Photo credit: Kevin Horan, ‘Ben #1’

Photo credit: Kevin Horan, ‘Mr. Beasley #1’

Photo credit: Kevin Horan, ‘Poppy #1’

Photo credit: Kevin Horan, ‘Duchess #1’

Photo credit: Kevin Horan, ‘Isabella #2’

Photo credit: Kevin Horan, ‘Sophie, #1’

Photo credit: Kevin Horan, ‘Rhiannon #1’

Photo credit: Kevin Horan, ‘Honey #1’

Photo credit: Kevin Horan, ‘Sydney #3’

Photo credit: Kevin Horan, ‘Jake #1’