Can rats ever be CUTE? One photographer tries her best to prove the furry rodents are actually adorable

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Nov 25, 2014 in Rat Answers | Subscribe
  • Photographer Anna Tyurin has been taking rat portraits for two years 
  • Was inspired to use the unusual animal by her own two pet rats 
  • Says her work has changed peoples opinions on the rodents 

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Furry little critters may not be loved by everyone but the tiny rats in these photographs prove they can indeed be loveable.

Russian photographer Anna Tyurin, 24, has spent the last two years taking pictures of the rodents, claiming that they are easy subjects to work with.

‘They quickly realized what I wanted them to do,’ she says.

Anna says her photos have changed peoples opinions on rats, even temporarily curing phobias 

Usually seen as vermin, it is hard to deny this little guy is cute poking out from behind a snowman 

Anna says her photos have changed peoples opinions on rats, even temporarily curing phobias 

Not a typical subject for photographs, Anna has spent the last two years taking pictures of the rodents

‘In that way, it turned out easy to work with them. Rats are smart animals.’

Animal lover Anna claims she was inspired to create a funny photo album by her own two female rats Chesha and Nyusha.

She said: ‘Some ideas appeared in my mind while watching the rats, investigating their intercommunication.

Although we think of them as aggressive animals, Anna claims they are fairly easy to work with 

Anna was inspired to create a humorous photo album by her own two female rats Chesha and Nyusha

Although we think of them as aggressive animals, Anna claims they are fairly easy to work with 

Although we think of them as aggressive animals, Anna claims they are fairly easy to work with 

Anna says her photos have changed peoples opinions on rats, even temporarily curing phobias 

Anna says her photos have changed peoples opinions on rats, even temporarily curing phobias 

‘Usually, I try to find the source of inspiration everywhere, from nature, strolls in the woods, films and books.’

Despite rats being unpopular with many because of their association with being dirty vermin who plague towns and cities, they are often kept as pets and are well-liked by some.

Anna said: ‘In the main, people have had a positive response. They have melted at lovely whiskered snouts disbelieving that these are really rats.

‘Even people deeply affected by rat phobia have forgotten about a rat’s scary tail for a while.

 Not quite the cute puppy pictures that usually do the rounds online, but not far off

 Not quite the cute puppy pictures that usually do the rounds online, but not far off

Rats are unpopular with many because of their association with being dirty vermin who plague towns

Rats are unpopular with many because of their association with being dirty vermin who plague towns

This inquisitive little fellow looks ready to play 

This inquisitive little fellow looks ready to play 

‘Some of my friends have come to a decision to buy a rat as a pet. I’m happy that my photos changes the way people treat these animals.’

The young photographer has been taking photographs of domestic animals, like dogs, cats and horses, for four years.

When she is not taking pictures of animals Anna likes to travel to cities in Russia, Ukraine and Byelorussia ‘in search of exciting places or subjects’ snapping them with Nikon cameras and special lenses.

Anna says she is happy her photos changes the way people treat these animals

Anna says she is happy her photos changes the way people treat these animals

Anna only photographs in natural or artificial light and uses two speed lights

Anna only photographs in natural or artificial light and uses two speed lights

She only photographs in natural or artificial light and uses two speed lights, with pastel paper, gabardine and wrapping paper from time to time for backgrounds.

Anna added: ‘I’ve got an assistant to help, the assistant look after rats and doesn’t allow them to run away or run into danger.’ 

 


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