When we think about farms, sometimes images of inhumane animal conditions come to mind, but this Japanese farmer by the name of Otchan proves that does not have to be the case. He has 1,200 pigs, and he's very close to all of them. Luckily, photographer Toshiteru Yamaji has taken a very intimate and compelling photo series of Otchan's relationship with his pigs.

The black and white photographs capture the farmer snuggling with the pigs, reading with them, feeding them, and even sometimes lounging on the pigs like furniture. While it is clear where the pigs will ultimately end up, it is touching to see that a farmer can show so much love and care for his animals. You could even refer to Otchan as the "Pig Whisperer."


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