Small Lives Book To Benefit Nelson Humane Society Goes On Sale : 5.6.09

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Small Lives is a book including Nelson County Almost Home Pets up for adoption. Local photographer, Ben Hernandez, joined with Montana pro-photographer, Elizabeth Stone, to create the book. Click any image for larger view.
Small Lives is a book including Nelson County Almost Home Pets up for adoption. Local photographer, Ben Hernandez, joined with Montana pro-photographer, Elizabeth Stone, to create the book. Click any image for larger view.

Lovingston
Nelson County, Virginia

Many of you have seen Ben Hernandez’s beautiful photography right here on our NCL Web edition or in the printed magazine. Ben is a graduate of the prestigious Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana. That’s where Ben met, Elizabeth Stone who teaches at the school. Elizabeth has a love for pets just like Ben. The two put their heads together and that’s how the local version of Small Lives including pets from the Nelson County Almost Home Pet Adoption Center was born.

Small Lives is a series of portraits of animals awaiting adoption. The project was founded by photographer Elizabeth Stone of the Rocky Mountain School of Photography (RMSP) in Missoula, Montana. The goal of the project is to raise awareness about the thousands of healthy, well-adjusted animals waiting for adoption, to encourage people to spay and neuter their own pets and adopt their next pet from a shelter or a rescue agency.

Ben Hernandez, (right) helps pose a pet at Almost Home near Lovingston, while Elizabeth Stone from Montana snaps the photo.
Ben Hernandez, (right) helps pose a pet at Almost Home near Lovingston, while Elizabeth Stone from Montana snaps the photo.

“In 2008, while I was attending RMSP, I learned about the project during one of Elizabeth’s courses. It didn’t take long before we teamed up together and brought Small Lives to Nelson County. We are also delighted that author Rita Mae Brown agreed to write the Introduction for us,” Ben says.

The books are available in several sizes; all signed by both Ben and Elizabeth. They can be purchased at the Animal House Ball on Saturday May 9th or by contacting Ben directly. All proceeds from sales of the books go to the Nelson County Humane Society. Available sizes and prices are 8×8 for $65 $59.95, 12×12 for $95 and Elizabeth’s very unique, limited edition, handmade version — which can be special ordered for $350.

You can reach Ben Hernandez to order Small Lives via his website by clicking here.

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