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by Joan Reddy
Categories: Animals, Causes, People.

Self-taught, Budapest, Hungry-based photographer, Sarolta Bán is best known for her stunningly surreal landscapes, which have been displayed in galleries all across Europe. Recently, she has embarked on a new project “Help Dogs with Images,” in which the series features homeless and shelter animals in need of forever homes.

Bán creates dreamlike scenes with photo manipulation software, sometimes layering as many as one hundred individual images to create a final product. She says that she does not title her images so people can use their own imaginations to find personal meanings in each photograph.

“Originally I’m a jewellery designer, later I discovered digital photo manipulation and it became my passion and main activity. I like using ordinary elements and by combining them, I can give them various stories, personalities. I hope that the meanings of my pictures are never too limited, are open in some way, each viewer can transform them into a personal aspect,” explains Bán. “I’m not so good in talking about myself, I prefer the pictures ‘talk,’” she added.

On her Facebook page, “PhotoAllegory of Saolta Bán,” the photographer asked over 100,000 fans to submit a photo of a homeless, or a shelter animal, and said that she will create a spectacular photo montage of them and then share that image on her Facebook page.

“The project is designed to find new owners for abandoned animals in a playful way. You guys can upload photos of dogs, cats or other abandoned animals who need a home and I’ll create photo montages with them. This can be extra visibility and maybe help to give bigger impact,” said Bán. “Sadly, abandoned dogs have really few chances to appear on a photo that will help them get out of the shelter – a photo that stands out from the crowd and ‘speaks’ to a person. I would really like to help sheltered animals,” she added.

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The project ends in mid-April, and anyone who adopts one of the dogs or cats will receive a signed portrait of their new family member. “They say a good photo is worth a thousand words,” said Bán. “Here is your chance to help shelter animals with a single image.”

Photo Credits: Sarolta Bán

About Joan Reddy

Joan Reddy is a professional photographer, writer, animal rights activist, and environmentalist. Joan holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Environmental Studies from York University, in Toronto, where her thesis focused on Animal Rights. Through her writing, Joan wants to help to educate the public about the way animals are abused and exploited, in cultures around the world. Joan is also founder and president of the Federal registered non-profit organization "International Communication for Animal Justice." Her organization's website can be found at www.internationalcommunicationforanimaljustice.org, and her professional profile on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/pub/joan-reddy/22/999/449.

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