As thousands of animals are put on death row in New York City, one passionate photographer has been dedicated to portraying animals in need of homes under a unique light, hoping to illicit strong feelings from New Yorkers and hopefully find pets a new home.At times, the results are somewhat shocking, as the abandoned animals look hauntingly into the lens. But Mark Ross explains to HuffPost:

As a portraitist, it was my duty to create that all-important connection between the subject and the observer and it had to be meaningful and it had to be instantaneous. That was what I set out to accomplish and high-keyed visual drama was the means.

via Shelter Animals On Death Row In NYC Captured By Mark Ross At Animal Care And Control Shelter PHOTOS.

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