Renowned British photographer Tim Flach is showing a series of animal portraits at the Retina Scottish International Photography Festival 2015 in Edinburgh. He uses the principles of human portraiture to create a distinctive style that shows his concerns with anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism.

He aims to show how "humans shape animals, and shape their meaning; whether genetically, as with the featherless chicken, or with the symbolism that gives a special significance to a dove but dismisses a London pigeon as a flying rat". His images aim to promote discussion and encourage debate.

Commissions by leading editorial and commercial clients have garnered multiple awards, including three Cannes Lions. He has won the International Photography Award's professional photographer of the year for fine art, and in 2013 was conferred with an honorary doctorate from Norwich University of the Arts, in recognition of his contribution to photography.

The Retina International Festival, now in its second year, has exhibitions at venues across the city. All are free to enter. See for more information.