Interview: Photographer Helps Save Lives of Pit Bulls With Adorable Flower Crown Portraits

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Interview: Photographer Helps Save Lives of Pit Bulls With Adorable Flower Crown Portraits

Blossom Pit bull dogs have an unfair reputation for being an aggressive or violent breed. Advocates and fellow dog lovers are actively working to change these extremely harmful stereotypes; because of them, pit bulls are the most neglected and abused dog breed. Photographer Sophie Gamand is one of their most visible and vocal supporters. Since 2014, she has adorned the lovable and adoptable dogs with gorgeous crowns made of flowers and invites viewers to look at them in a new, softer light. The ongoing series is aptly called Pit Bull Flower Power , and the portraits are as beautiful as they are charming. Each one highlights the unique personality of the pup; some are smiling from ear to ear while others are caught making a silly face that’s sure to warm your heart. To find subjects for these powerful photographs, Gamand works with shelters around the U.S. to snap pictures of shelter pit bulls in need of adoption. She regularly shares these pups and others on her Instagram and Facebook and has helped save their lives. After several years photographing Pit Bull Flower Power , Gamand has collected the images in a book of the same name. The coffee table-style publication will have 250 pages of portraits, outtakes, and inspiring stories of the dogs—including adoption updates. It’s now available for pre-order on Kickstarter . We had the pleasure of talking to Gamand about Pit Bull Flower Power . Scroll down to read our exclusive interview, below. Luther Sweetpea What inspired you to start this project in 2014? How has it changed since then? I was afraid of pit bulls, but as a volunteer photographer in shelters, I saw a lot of them. Each time I would tense up, not giving these dogs a fair chance. I decided to create a series that would force me to interact with these dogs in a more intimate way. I was curious to see if art could rebrand them, help them get adopted, and change the way we see them. As soon as the first images came out in summer 2014, they went viral big time, propelling me into the role of a pit bull advocate. It was unexpected but I decided to embrace this journey. Slowly, I learned to know pit bulls and understand their plea. I started traveling around the country to go meet these dogs in shelters. This series changed my life in so many ways, and now it saves the lives of many dogs too. Zeus Rum Can you share some of the stories that readers will find in Pit Bull Flower Power ? There will be a wide variety of stories, which illustrate the things these dogs go through, how the system often fails them, and spectacular adoption stories and updates. It will be a celebration of my models and the people who care for them, like Blossom who was adopted and returned 3 times before finding her home. One of her families had to bring her back […]