#DPF2015 Exhibition: Wet Dog

Sophie Gamand
Sophie Gamand captures dogs in one of their least favourite states – mid-bath.

Anyone who has a dog at home knows the joys and frustrations that come along with having a pooch. Being a dog parent sometimes means: furniture with bite marks, torn cushions, soft toys slathered in saliva and an endless supply of unconditional love.

Bathing a canine is something that any dog owner dreads and looks forward to in equal measure. Dogs throw themselves around, try to dodge every drop of water, shake themselves incessantly in a bid to stay dry (getting the bath-giver drenched in the process!), and let’s not even get to the bit where they try eating up the shampoo! Bathing a dog is no mean feat, it requires constant and complete attention.

However exhausting it may sound, it is ultimately very rewarding when the dogs finally calm down and get used to the water, and sometimes even enjoy it. Sophie Gamand has captured the gamut of intimate moments in telling portraits of dogs mid-bath. The vast range of expressions in her photographs paints an accurate picture of what bathing a dog is like. Annoyance, anger, helplessness, calm – are all there.

Sophie Gamand is a French photographer and animal advocate living and working in New York City. Since 2010, her work has been focussed on dogs and the relationship humans share with them.  The “Wet Dog” series has won the Portraiture category of the Sony World Photography Awards 2014, and has been published in numerous online and paper publications. She has been consulted as a dog photography expert for publications and institutions such as Christie’s and Vogue. Her work has been published in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post and Oprah Magazine to name a few. Wet Dog, the book, is scheduled for release later this year.

Wet Dog is part of the projections line-up for this edition of the Delhi Photo Festival starting October 30 at the IGNCA, Delhi.

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