The work of Rachel Lauren showcases her deep love for canines, and particularly wolves. “William Wegman has his weimaraners, and I have my wolfdogs,” Rachel jokes. At a young age, she learned to train and show dogs, and also developed a love of photography. After earning a BFA in Photography from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Rachel set her sights on working with her true passion - wolves. She focused her attention on launching an ambassador program called Ironwood Wolves, where she and her partner raise and train wolves and foxes. Rachel spends her days with her animals shooting new work, collaborating with other artists and hosting educational lectures for the public. She enjoys photographing wolves in relaxed moods to showcase their more sensitive side. “I live to photograph the animals that I am lucky to share my life with,” says Rachel. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and shown in galleries and art fairs in New York, Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio.
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About The Artist
I am inspired by the relationship between human and animal. I also have a love for nature, the Victorian era, and goth subculture. Canines (especially wolves) have always been my passion. As a kid I was training and showing dogs; where I was able to learn the importance of proper animal handling and husbandry. Always a creative person, I picked up my first camera at 13 and embarked on an amazing journey. I had found my calling! I owe so much to my trusty shepherd mix Zero who served as a patient model while I honed my craft. Photographing animals is how I knew I'd be able to combine the first two loves in my life and make a career for myself. In 2010, I graduated from CCAD with a BFA in Photography. My goal was to work with wolves.
Through time, my dreams have become reality. I own and operate my ambassador program Ironwood Wolves. Along with featuring our animals in creative collaborations, we take them to public venues and educate others on the importance of wolves in the ecosystem.
I have also been fortunate to travel and photograph countless other exotic animals throughout the country. I feel that by showing the beauty of these animals alongside the characters in my images tells a story. My hope is that it will reach even more people than my program can; to teach others to love and respect wolves (and all of nature).
Columbus College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2010
Acrylic Glass Print
Archival photographic print face-mounted on the back of .25" thick acrylic glass. The high gloss acrylic enhances the depth and vibrancy of the image, and has polished edges. Comes mounted on wood so the piece stands off of the wall half an inch for a contemporary look. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.
Archival, high gloss print on 0.05" thick aluminum. Aluminum prints are lightweight and durable. Comes mounted on wood so the piece stands off of the wall half an inch for a contemporary look. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.
Gallery-quality giclee print on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick edges, and edges are finished white. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.
Framed Fine Art Print
Archival photographic print on heavyweight, acid-free, soft gloss paper in a wood, white, or black frame. Features a 1.25" white border around the image. No matte. Acrylic glass front gives a crystal clear view. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.