Sophie Gamand is a French award-winning photographer living and working in New York. Since 2010, she has been focusing on dogs and our relationship to them.
The word “pet” has been referred to as “the indulged child”, as early as the 15th Century. A big city like New York, a place not primarily designed for animals, seems to emphasize the idea that the nature of our favorite companions has been engineered to fit the human lifestyle. Are dogs still animals? Or are they the new children of a human community that grows increasingly disconnected?
Despite a slow economy, in 2012, American animal lovers spent upwards of $53 billion on food, veterinary care, kennels and other pet services. The booming of the Pet industry raises questions about us, humans, and our social interactions. In big cities, dogs are social anchors and sometimes replace spouses, children, friends. They have become the center of the home, around which everything – and sometimes everyone – revolves. Has this special treatment influenced the way dogs behave and interact with humans? In other parts of the world, dogs are still considered wild animals. But can they still survive on their own? Has our codependent relationship to dogs change their deep nature? Moreover, what does this bond reveals about our own social challenges and solitude?
“Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution” is a series dedicated to the dogs grouped under the name of pit bulls (the pit bull breed actually does not exist). I wished to portray this misunderstood group in a different light.
enjoy also her “Wet Dogs” series.