ARTIST STATEMENT: With my work, I explore the world of shelter dogs to better understand humans. I believe dogs hold a mirror up for our humanity, revealing our shortcomings and fears.
For the past decades, pit bulls have been demonized by society, and portrayed as hellhounds. The media created a Monster. This has sealed the fate of countless dogs who face prejudice, systematic abuse and death in shelters around the world. In America alone, hundreds of thousands of pit bulls are euthanized every year.
My series Flower Power challenges the way society perceives and treats pit bulls by shortening the emotional distance between the viewer and these misunderstood dogs. The portraits celebrate the life and dignity of these soulful creatures who are at the mercy of humans.
All the models from the series are shelter dogs who were waiting for adoption at the time of the photograph, and were thought to belong to the pit bull group.