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.
We are thrilled to introduce Dog-Friendly, a collection of city guides for dog-loving people, created together with our long-time contributor, photographer Winnie Au, and fellow enthusiasts, indie publisher Hoxton Mini Press. Available for purchase here.
August 25, 2021
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 celebration of pup and pop culture for music and dog lovers alike.
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