Cheek, trust and an almost heartbreaking innocence—each beams from the unfussed canine faces in photographer Robert Bahou’s Animal Soul series. Then came Alone, a black and white shift away from the humour-tinged portraits, and a step into something that prompts us to pause and ponder our bigger thoughts and feelings. “Moments that felt quiet, lonely, but still adventurous,” tells Robert when describing what he was looking to capture in each shot. The inverse of Animal Soul, Alone sought to flip the notion of “positioning the animals opposite us, to position them opposite their world”.
The series captures Gemma and Bengal, two solitary hounds wandering the city streets of Jordan and Amsterdam, respectively; the only living creatures in scenes softly illuminated by night skylines and street lamps. The artist: “I went to a local shelter to find a dog that was in need of adoption. We found Gemma, this gorgeous Jordanian stray; a ‘Canaan dog’ in strict terms—the wild dogs of Jordan.” Alone crystallises that yearning to bundle up every displaced dog in your arms, take them home and love them forever. Fortunately the series offers a sense of closure in that sense: Gemma found a loving home in Canada, while Benghal is the adoring adoptee of a Dutch veterinarian.
All images courtesy of Robert Bahou
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.
August 25, 2020