PHOTOGRAPHY: Prophecy – Hairless Dogs by Sophie Gamand

Who said bald isn’t beautiful? One of our favourite photographers, Sophie Gamand (she brought us Flower Power Pit Bills and Wet Dog), was so intrigued by the ‘naked’ canine form that she has dedicated her new project Prophecyentirely to hairless dogs.

“The physical qualities of hairless dogs and the mystery surrounding them inspired me to create a gallery of faces like old wise men or philosophers, shamans from a different era, maybe a different universe,” says Gamand.

The series focuses on two major hairless breeds: the Chinese Crested and the Xoloitzcuintli (or Mexican hairless dog), as well as some mixed hairless dogs. Gamand worked with private breeders and rescues including Bald is Beautiful and Bare Paws Rescue to find her hairless hounds.

The idea at the centre of the project is man’s role as manipulator and engineer, in creating dogs for our own desires. “Whether it is to perform tasks for us or simply for companionship, humans have subdued an entire specie for their own needs, alleviating their deep sense of solitude. In a way, dogs are the first example – and the most striking one – of Man acting like a god towards Nature. This series is a reminder that playing God with Nature often comes with consequences and a price to pay, sooner or later.”

See more of Sophie Gamand’s photography at sophiegamand.com

Sara is the Founder & Editor of StyleTails. A writer, design-lover and long-time animal-hugger, Sara launched StyleTails in 2012 to inspire people live a more beautiful life with their four-legged friends. Along with her canine sidekick George, a rescue Yorkie with a big attitude, Sara regularly commentates on luxury pet product and lifestyle trends and has been featured in Elle Decoration, BBC Radio, and is also an expert contributor to WGSN, the leading design trend forecaster.

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