Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. – Albert Einstein

In October 2017 I visited a good friend in Seattle, Washington who runs an international animal rescue organisation.

Animals can have a positive impact on people’s lives. Unfortunately, I also saw and learned how much animals suffer abuse around the world.

During my visit I saw that many homeless people kept animals with them and it gave me an idea to document their connection and dependence on each other. I approached and sought permission to photograph in Tent City 3 – a non-sanctioned temporary homeless encampment – and also other homeless people throughout the area.

Animals accept us as we are. They love unconditionally and without reserve. They bring joy, love and reassurance during our best and worst times.

I felt compelled to use this connection; the unwavering bond between human and animal as the basis for this series – “Unconditional Love”