A dog’s Life

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  • Dates: Friday, 30th May • Saturday, 31st May • Sunday, 1st june
  • Locations: Can Manyer Library

A dog's lifeShot on a medium format camera, with Fuji 400H negative film

A series of portraits of men’s closest friend, the dog.

When I photograph somebody, while I am focusing on an object or situation, I try never to lose track of my emotional side, which serves as my compass and without which I would drown in a glass of water.

This world of emotions is slow and, at times, while I am fascinated by the other side of a life that seems so superficial, frivoulous,fast and free of attachments, it canweigh me down. But without it, I feel dizzy:without it, there are no bridges that connect me to others. In my life and my photography, I come and go through this door, which connects the private with the public. When I am taking a portrait of somebody, I always search,sense and recognize in their features the landscape of their soul, which also belongs to me; then taking a photo of them feels like hugging a friend, regardless of who they are: a transsexual or albino person, a child or a woman, rich or poor, a man or a dog.

More and more people are welcoming animals into their homes and treating them as family members. Pet owners are spending more time and money on the health and happiness of their pets in recent years.

Things that would once have seemed extravagant—doggy daycares, pet cemeteries, and an expanding array of pet surgeries and treatments—are now common practice. The strong sense of grief many owners feel when a pet dies is nowadays considered a very natural reaction.

Dogs (and pets in general) are to humans the confirmation of the existence of “the other”, a living being who needs looking after. Its presence reminds us of our necessity to share and of our instinct to empathize and survive.

These dogs are photographed in the tradition of the most formal portraiture to emphasize their status as family members.