Photographer Challenges The Way People View Pit Bulls, ‘Power Of Love And The Softness Of Flowers’

Photographer Sofie Gamand is challenging people to view Pit Bulls in a different way with her photo project titled “Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution.” The photo series is dedicated to the dogs grouped under the name of pit bulls, with Sofie attempting to portray this misunderstood group in a different light. Gamand admits that the project stemmed from her own prejudice against the dogs.

“This project started as an excuse for me to discover more about pit bulls. Like many people, I admittedly had prejudices against them. But as an active volunteer with many rescue groups, I often came in contact with pit bulls and was slowly warming up to their sweet nature. I decided to confront my apprehensions and explore their soft side in a visual way.”

Gamand points out that most photos of pit bulls are taken with harsh lightening with harsh backgrounds. Sofie says, “I realized pit bulls were always portrayed in very urban, gritty photographs. The imagery associated with these dogs is often harsh, very contrasted, conveying the idea of them being tough.” Therefore, Sofie decided to do a photo set completely opposite of those ideals by offering photos of the dogs in soft lighting with floral headpieces.

The photos were designed to be feminine and have a hint of hippie flower power. To bring the idea to life, Sofie contacted local animal rescue groups for her models. Gamand made flower headpieces and approached three rescue groups in New York City: Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Second Chance Rescue, and Animal Haven. All three welcomed her project with enthusiasm. Gamand set up a studio in both boarding facilities and photographed some of the pit bulls who were up for adoption.

The resulting photographs may change the harsh, tough and jaded image you may have of Pit Bulls. The photos show a loving, caring and peaceful side to the dogs. See the photos for yourself below.

Sophie says:

“‘Flower Power’ is about challenging myself to approach pit bulls with a fresh perspective and an open heart. I invite the viewer to do the same.”

What do you think of the delicate nature of the pit bull and flower power photos? Do they change your opinion of pit bulls?

Also be sure to check out the photos of rescue pit bulls who were placed in a photobooth together. The images are incredibly sweet and heartwarming.