Sophie Gamand is a French photographer living and working in New York. Since 2011, with both a documentary and artistic approaches, Sophie has been dedicating her photography to exploring the complex dynamics in the relationship between pets and their owners. This complex relationship between dogs and humans is very co-dependant. However, we see them as our life companions, and they see us as their whole world. That is what this project “Wet dog” is about.
The reflection of human behavior in dogs is the inspiration for her. Sophie Gamand wants others to see dogs for what they are: more than just animals. These fun series of dogs righ after bath, capture the moment of human emotion in them. We all know how dogs “love” taking baths, so it is funny to see how realistically these little fellows react to the water and shampoo. Some of them pretend everything is all right even though they are very scared, and others can’t hide their feelings of misery, surprise ot even anger in their eyes. But, it is more than important to note that none of this fur balls was harmed during the process of shooting because this is a part of necessary routine for them. Water and shampoo for dogs helps prevent diseases and infection.
Sophie’s work also includes vet clinics, rescue groups, grooming, and the world of Doggie moms who play dress up with their dogs. Also, there is the aesthetic aspect of grooming. The series was done in collaboration with groomer and pet stylist Ruben Santana, whose creative, colorful and extreme makeovers have captured the essence of dog beauty. In these photos you can see dogs in their vulnerability and confusion, the way water plays with their fur and amazing portraits caught in the right moment. Sophie makes us wonder: Are dogs still animals? Or are they the new children of a human community that is increasingly disconnected?