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Natural selection

The Africanis, a truly independent breed and one of the few remaining natural dog races in the world, photographed by South African photographer Daniel Naudé.


Natural selection

Unbound by the constraints of domestication, the Africanis is a recently recognised breed with a proven lineage going back 7,000 years. The dogs, which are native to Africa, are valued by the indigenous population for their independence, intelligence, fierce loyalty and hunting ability – traits which have allowed the strongest of the breed to survive and prosper on the outskirts of townships and villages all over the southern part of the continent.

Photographer Daniel Naudé, from Cape Town, first encountered the Africanis while on a road trip 5 years ago. This chance meeting left him so enthralled that he soon started seeking out more and set to photographing them for his series, Africanis.

What really captured Daniel was the sense that these are animals without a master, a truly independent breed and one of the few remaining natural dog races in the world. While the animals live in parallel with humans they maintain their own distinct domain.

The series captures the variety of appearances Africanis have developed while adapting to varying climates and landscapes throughout Africa. Their size, diet, posture, skin and fur all differ yet their is a undeniable similarity between the subjects Daniel captures.

The Africanis series frames the wild, untamed nature of the breed against a backdrop of vast unending horizons. Yet there is also a stillness, what appears to be a quiet encounter between the subject and photographer – no mean feat considering the series captures wild animals on medium format film.

Photography by Daniel Naudé



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