Photographer Sophie Gamand just released this amazing “Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution” series that features photos of pit bulls from Sean Casey Animal Rescue and Second Chance, as part of what the photographer described as an effort to “portray this misunderstood group in a different light.”
“This project started as an excuse for me to discover more about pit bulls,” Sophie states on her website. “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.”
“I realized pit bulls were always portrayed in very urban, gritty photographs,” Sophie goes on to say. “The imagery associated with these dogs is often harsh, very contrasted, conveying the idea of them being tough. 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. The idea of Flower Power blossomed.”
“An estimated 1,000,000 pit bulls are euthanized each year in America’s shelters,” Sophie says. “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 most pit bulls are peaceful and sweet love bugs. Their power is in their snuggles and unconditional love. For this series, I imagined them like hippies, fighting the system and the image they are given with the power of love and the softness of flowers.”
Sean Casey Animal Rescue is located at 153 East 3rd Street in Windsor Terrace and 551 39th Street in Sunset Park. Their Windsor Terrace location can be reached by calling (718) 436-5163 and their Sunset Park site by calling (347) 599-1500.
And see more of Sophie’s photos here!
Photos via Sophie Gamand.