Radiant: Farm Animals Up Close and Personal (Hardcover)
Portraits invite us to really think about the personality of a subject, whether it be a President, a Queen...or a chicken. In this delightful collection of animal portraits, Scott explores the individuality of a vast and beautiful array of farmyard animals, including cows, pigs, sheep, llamas, peafowl, and more. She accompanies each photograph with information about the animal’s breed, as well as a series of charming stories and anecdotes which provide a glimpse into the quirky day-to-day lives of these endearing creatures. This is a perfect gift for any animal lover, especially one whose love goes far beyond cats and dogs!— From Jen's Picks
Portraits invite us to really think about the personality of a subject, whether it be a President, a Queen...or a chicken. In this delightful collection of animal portraits, Scott explores the individuality of a vast and beautiful array of farmyard animals, including cows, pigs, sheep, llamas, peafowl, and more. She accompanies each photograph with information about the animal’s breed, as well as a series of charming stories and anecdotes which provide a glimpse into the quirky day-to-day lives of these endearing creatures. This is a perfect gift for any animal lover, especially one whose love goes far beyond cats and dogs!
— From Jen's Picks— From 2018 Science & Nature
Beautiful portraits of farm animals that bring to life their sparkling personalities and stories.
Photographs of animals — From cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens to Dolly the wooly llama, Bianca the Sicilian miniature donkey, Percy the Indian peafowl, and Justice the yak. Some of the animals are pets; others live happily on farms and sanctuaries.
Heartwarming stories — Traer Scott shares her anecdotes about a Texas longhorn steer whose best friends are a trio of goats, a turkey who likes to snack on grapes and watermelon, and many others.
Informative facts — Did you know donkeys' stubbornness is a well-honed survival tactic? That Scottish Highland cattle are the oldest registered breed of cattle in the world? Scott's captions combine detailed histories of the breeds with the personal sagas to create enchanting tributes to our four-legged (and winged) friends from the farm.
If you liked Finding Home: Shelter Dogs and Their Stories, Nocturne: Creatures of the Night, Raptors: Portraits of Birds of Prey, then you'll love Radiant: Farm Animals Up Close and Personal.
About the Author
Traer Scott is a photographer and the author of eight books, including Finding Home: Shelter Dogs and their Stories and Raptors: Portraits of Birds of Prey. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband, daughter, and creatures.
"I have a dream of living on an estate with a bunch of farm animals one day, but for now, there are these beautiful portraits of endearing and delightful animals, many of whom were rescued from dire situations. Each photo is accompanied by a biography describing the happy animals' personalities-like Henri the turkey, who loves grapes, or Bean the goat, who sleeps at the foot of his mom's bed."
"Traer Scott's Radiant presents portraits of farm animals-from chickens and cows to pigs and goats and beyond-that live up to its title."
- Mental Floss
"Photographer Traer Scott's Radiant: Farm Animals Up Close and Personal is a remarkably soulful book of portraits of the beasts we normally take for granted -- or try not to look at too hard. Scott, who has previously created books on shelter dogs, raptors and nocturnal creatures, has assembled a simple and beautiful book of the visages of cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and more exotic animals (a yak, a miniature donkey, as Indian peafowl) that live on farms or as pets."
-Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Photographer Scott (Raptors: Portraits of Birds of Prey), known for her portraits of dogs and wildlife, turns her attention to farm animals in this loving tribute. The elephant (or Jersey cow) in the room, of course, is how many of these species are used for food. Scott doesn't shy away from this topic, nor does she dwell on it. She chooses instead to focus on her subjects, all of whom were photographed under ideal circumstances-close to the humans they know and love, and at the sanctuary farms they call home. This allowed Scott to truly capture the confidence and regality of Henri, a Slate Heritage Breed turkey (favorite snacks: grapes and watermelon) who has assumed the role of caretaker for a flock of chickens; Marcia, a Nigerian Dwarf goat who loved (human) kids; and Buffalo Bill, a gentle, affectionate water buffalo being trained as a therapy animal for autistic children. Each entry begins with an overview of the breed's heritage and key characteristics (the donkey's famous stubbornness, for example, is actually a valuable self-preservation instinct) along with the individual animal's unique traits. Scott's look at these species is equal parts affectionate, informative, and respectful."
"My newest coffee table book - Radiant: Farm Animals Up Close and Personal by Traer Scott - not only has me entranced with its soulful, stunning photographs of rescued individuals, but I'm learning about the oft-forgotten underdogs who provide the backdrop for this true work of art. The Ameraucana hen, for example, lays different colored eggs!"
- VegNews Magazine
"In her new book, Radiant: Farm Animals Up Close and Personal, Ms. Scott aims to change the perception of barnyard beasts-less living machines, more lovable friends.. Ms. Scott writes about her subjects, "They may not be as outwardly emotive as dogs, as cuddly as cats.but any farmer can tell you that they have just as much personality, even if they're a little less portable and perhaps a mite stinkier."- The Wall Street Journal