The image most of us have about mice and rats is in sewers or in garbage cans eating rubbish and creating a dirty atmosphere. Along with cockroaches they are the two dirtiest creatures that no one wants to see lying around in their house. There are a few people that keep hamsters as pets, but they are different types of rodents, something that makes people feel safe and clean. But, maybe we are too hard on these creatures, since this is the only way they’ve learned to survive and if given a chance they could turn out to be very clean.
Diane Özdamar is a pet photographer, who has adored pet rats since she was a child and she now decided to do a project in order to break the stigma that follows them.
A project that lasted for years
She was born in France and now lives in Montreal. She’s occupying herself with photography, illustration and graphic design.
She met Adobe Photoshop from an early age and she has managed to perfect the craft.
Fancy rats are the most common type of rats that people buy for pets and their color is usually lighter than the rats we’re used to seeing on the streets.
Rats are very intelligent and quite cuddly from nature. This is why they keep close to humans and not only because they want our food.
Diane photographs her own rats, those she’s bought or fostered and some that her friends’ borrow her.
Rats are exceptionally clean
The photographer started the project when she began fostering abandoned and abused pet rats that were left to die.
Finding a home for them
Her project had another goal. She needed to find these pet rats a new home, so she had to make them look cute and pretty.
Being used to having a pet rat when you’ve only learned to kill them is not an easy thing. But, I think that with some effort we could all learn to embrace and accept them.