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Flower Power

Sophie Gamand’s new portrait exhibition aims to change the public perception of the pit bull.


Flower Power

Sophie Gamand’s latest portraiture series Flower Power (currently on show at Adrien Kavachina Gallery in Paris) is a collection of works dedicated to the plight of the pit. Pit bulls have long been viewed as aggressive and violent, and are euthanised by the millions every year in the US alone. Gamand is seeking to dispel the myth claiming it’s their bad reputation that attracts unsavoury owners, when all they need to be their best selves is a little tender loving care.

In Flower Power, Gamand (of Wet Dog fame) captures each floral-crowned, doe-eyed dog against a pastel backdrop, a stark contrast to the more prevalent, harsher imagery of pit bulls as viscous predators roaming gritty urban streets. She says, “In my opinion, this feeds the myth that these dogs are dormant psychopaths. So I decided to take the other route and portray them like hippies, soft fairy-tale-inspired characters, feminine and dreamy.”

Gamand only photographs rescue pit bulls found in animal shelters, and hopes that educating viewers will lead to a renewed view towards the breed, and to find them homes to call their own.

All images courtesy of Sophie Gamand

Flower Power
Adrien Kavachina Contemporary Gallery
104, rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Paris
Until 12 October 2015



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