Over a week ago (10 days to be precise) on Saturday the 1st of October I met with Nicky Reading self-employed owner of StanHopeStud, a rabbit breeding and sales business. Similar to the reasons that I decided to use my pervious person at work, Mark the Handyman, for this project, I have chosen to use Nicky as my second person at work as she runs her business independently. I also loved the fact that her business involves rabbits, especially the baby bunnies. As a big fan of animals myself, I couldn’t resist the urge to photograph the rabbits.
After being shown Brian Doben’s “At Work” series during a class tutorial I know I wanted to find something that was different to your typical, everyday job and although it’s common to see rabbits for sale in most pet shops, they must come from somewhere right? You don’t usually see the behind the scenes and although Nicky doesn’t sell her bunnies to any pet shops or larger corporations like Pets at Home, she is a breeder of rabbits that will then be sold (even if it is just by her). I really enjoyed the display of Doben’s work as he photographed some more peculiar jobs, such as a mermaid, and the some of the images made me smile. The people he photographed love their jobs, probably because they are less traditional, and so does Nicky.
Nicky has been running her business for nine years now and she has always had a passion for rabbits since receiving her first one. She specialises in breeding french mini-lops (a breed of rabbit just incase you didn’t know) but breeds a wide variety.
On my visit Nicky had recently had a new litter of bunnies, six weeks old at the time of the shoot, curtsey of Mango the ginger rabbit. She had had a larger litter so there were many baby bunnies to photograph and was spoiled for choice. Another rabbit had had a litter more recently but since they were so small I didn’t want to disturb them and focused on Mango’s babies.
Here is a selection of the images that I took:
Not yet decided on which to narrow down to use as the final three for the person at work project I’ll wait until my class critique to help me decide on which ones to use for the final hand in with the assistance of my classmates.