Pastoralia is an anthology of photographic images recreated from original photographs of household pets, animals on farms, or animals in the wild. Initially inspired by my own dogs that oftentimes look more like fantastical beasts when captured with my lens yawning or stalking imaginary prey, then just merely pets. To this end, I place animals in locations that help me to echo a component of a ‘fractured’ fairy-tale element that is important to me. So too, there is an element of darkly whimsical humor that infiltrates into many of the images created. All in all I aim to retain a playful note while combining reality with my sometimes-dark imagination.