Choosing one of the most misunderstood dogs as her muse, the French US based photographer captured whimsical images of Pit Bulls adorned with beautiful floral crowns. Challenging notions of them as dangerous and aggressive, she infused them with a free and dreamy hippy spirit and we LIKE IT A LOT!
Facing her own initial prejudices towards Pit Bulls, Gamand teamed up with three New York rescue centres – Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Second Chance Rescue and Animal Haven, to create the images with proceeds from the sale of of the prints going to the charities.
“This project started as an excuse for me to discover more about Pit Bulls. Like many people, I admittedly had prejudices against them. But as an active volunteer with many rescue groups, I often came in contact with Pit Bulls and was slowly warming up to their sweet nature. I decided to confront my apprehensions and explore their soft side in a visual way,” she says.
After creating the floral head pieces, Gamand set up a studio at the rescue shelters in July and August this year, photographing Pit Bulls including Jellybean, Sweetheart, Baby and Minnie, who were patiently waiting for their forever homes.
Having been completely won over by her canine subjects, and with thousands of unwanted Pit Bulls being euthanised in the US every year, Gamand hopes Flower Power will encourage people to learn more about these dogs.
“Pit Bulls have been victims of prejudices, uneducated laws and urban tales that associate them with ultra violence, they are probably the most misunderstood dogs. Pit bulls, like any terrier dogs, are strong and powerful animals. There is no denying that. But power dose not necessarily mean violence. Most pit bulls are peaceful and sweet love bugs. Their power is in their snuggles and unconditional love. Flower Power is about challenging myself to approach pit bulls with a fresh perspective and an open heart. I invite the viewer to do the same.”
See more on Flower Power: Pit Bulls of the Revolution, buy prints and support the cause at sophiegamand.com