Portraits with Shiba 2002 & 2006 and Tai 2014. I am learning what is purely Amelia, as the drive to be picked up by elephants,which started young, To our surprise a 3 yr old Amelia spoke directly to Shiba who responded to the request “up,” RIP Shiba, the sweetest kindest person #elephants #FemaleElephantsInTheir40s #ameliaandtheanimals #ameliasworld #Up #pickMeUp
Daisy liked Amelia even before seeing her supplemental bottle. Daisy is being weaned down on her daily bottle. Thank you to my friend Marty for taking this iPhone photo as I was preoccupied with the big camera. Daisy’s bottle is large but went down fast. #baby #giraffe #BottleFed #ameliaandtheanimals #ameliasworld @aperturenyc @icp
I swear this cat spoke to me through the plexiglass at PetSmart. It was unnerving, he said we were meant to be together…but I have 2 cats, 2 dogs I said and he stopped talking and ignored me and I went to buy food for my guys at home. #SuperSmartCat #catForAdoption #catSpeaksEnglish #PossbleSoulMatePassedUp #Guilt #wishIcould (at Pet Smart)
Before #hurricanesandy this beach was sand and my dogs like to run around on the soft surface. Today Riny and Indie did not want to walk on these rocks. A photo of Ruby and Amelia jumping on this waterfront is in the #ameliaandtheanimals #book. #hatehurricanesandy #chinesecrested #dog #dogsofinstagram (at NY Waterway - Paulus Hook Pier)
PDN Online feature: The Costly Business of Photo Book Publishing w/ interview with publisher Lesley Martin #ameliaandtheanimals #book www.pdnonline.com/features/The-Costly-Business—11311.shtml @carlovajra Thank you for showing me the #PDN feature and for your and Tushna generosity in taking care of me and Amelia (at PDN ONLINE)
Aperture’s Kickstarter for The Amelia and the Animals Book and publisher Lesley Martin interview
#Repost from @natgeo (a wonderful photo tribute by @vincentjmusi (Nat Geo photographer and generous guy,) photographed my friend Alison and her life long companion capuchin, who my Amelia was named for. I also named my cats after her kids. Alison is also generous @alisong57 photo by @vincentjmusi
When I first asked Alison Pascoe Friedman if I could photograph her and Amelia, her capuchin monkey, she said no. “She’s an old broad, balding, frail and wouldn’t photograph well.” At 45 years old, she was likely the oldest living capuchin in captivity and for the last the 30 years, the two were inseparable. The photographer @robin_schwartz had kindly connected us and I was fascinated to photograph their relationship for my project on exotic pets.
The love between them was incredible and I found myself witnessing something truly profound that afternoon.
Amelia passed away a few days later in her sleep.
the final images from my exotic pets work can be seen @vincentjmusi