Rule 1: Shoot as found.
Meaning that there will be no moving, turning, rolling, poking, or otherwise posing an animal. If I ever break this rule, I’ll reflect it in the photo’s notes. But not to worry. I am truly in no hurry to handle the dead. Let the poor beasts lie in peace, for Pete’s sake.
Rule 2: Shoot for the beauty.
Meaning that this work is not intended as a horror show. With all apologies to my inner grade school boy, that would be too easy. Yes, there may be blood; broken bones, perhaps. That said, the photography here isn’t about the gruesome details. Not unless it’s Halloween. Then, one might expect an image or two fit to the spirit of the occasion. Otherwise, though, gore isn’t the goal. If I’d wanted to shoot bloody carnage, I’d have been a combat photographer.