Janet Holmes always loved animals, but for many years she was afraid to get involved with rescuing them because she couldn’t imagine how she would deal with the heartbreak. About five years ago, she decided that animals needed her more than she needed to be comfortable, and so she began volunteering with rescue groups as a caregiver and photographer. As she spent more time experiencing animals as individuals through the lens of her camera, she began questioning how she could profess to love them yet continue exploiting them for food, clothing and other materials. She committed to become vegan and use photography to advocate for animal liberation.
Janet completed the International Center of Photography's Continuing Education Track Program in 2015 and now devotes much of her spare time to portraiture of rescued animals. In 2017, she was recognized by Photo Lucida as a Critical Mass Top 200 Finalist, and she has exhibited her work in juried exhibitions in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.