For Angelika Goltyaeva, pets have always been a part of everyday life. Growing up in Moscow she studied animal training and psychology, but her passion really lay in her childhood love: photography. When LuLu, her West Highland terrier, came along in 2015, her love of photography and animals finally collided sparking a decision to focus her camera solely on the canine side of life.
Her latest photographic series, Dreams, steers away from her colourful pet portraiture to a darker, more ethereal notion. A whippet stares melancholically into the lens, surrounded by puffs of iridescent clouds. Though beautiful to the eye, they represent dreams that are not our own. “People want to get the same beautiful life as their idols but they do not understand that these dreams are dictated to them by society, not their heart,” she says. The doe-eyed whippet was chosen specifically for its elegance and fragility, but mostly for its highly expressive face. As captivating as the images are, the clouds spinning about the handsome hound’s head are as useless to the dog as social media delusions are to us.
Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a joyful title designed for music, pop culture and dog lovers alike.
August 25, 2020