Humor: Portraits of Wet Dogs Taken Mid-Bath


Our quest to continue giving dogs the attention they deserve in the photography world continues (for the record, we don’t dislike cats… we just think they get too much attention). We’ve had dogs shaking, dogs licking and now, for the sake of rhyming, dogs dripping.

This series is called Wet Dog, and it’s a fun and funny series by pet photographer Sophie Gamand of Striking Paws Photography.

Actually, it’s not fair to call this simply a “funny” series, because it goes farther than that for Gamand. “The way the water plays with their hair in a very painterly manner,” she writes. “And their facial expressions as the water is poured on them creates striking portraits that resemble famous humans or important characters. The dogs become timeless sculptures.”

Gamand wants to capture the humanity in dogs, a humanity she sees as indicative of the close bond between man and man’s best friend.

“When I photograph dogs, I look for the human in them: an expression, the life in their eyes, a smile,” she says, speaking to My Modern Met. “It’s almost as if humans and dogs are morphing into one-another in my work. It’s more than just anthropomorphism though. I don’t try to attribute human qualities to dogs. I try to capture the ones that I believe are already there.”

Here’s a look at the whole Wet Dog series:











It’s important to point out that none of the dogs were harmed in any way, or even inconvenienced during this shoot. Gamand worked with a professional groomer in a professional grooming shop. And they weren’t just soaking the pups, they were actually cleaning them.

Fortunately, though a few people expressed concern, she’s happy to say, “Most people see this series for what it is: a fun celebration of the things we do with our doggies that make our relationship so special.”

To see more of Gamand’s work photographing pets, be sure to head over to her website and check out her full portfolio by clicking here.

(via Laughing Squid)

Image credits: Photographs by Sophie Gamand and used with permission

  • harumph

    Portraits of dogs taken…STAHP!!! Unless somebody wants to run with my idea of portraits of dogs taking a dump, then just stop with the whole “Portraits of dogs taken [doing something that dogs do].”

  • Sterling

    I don’t mind the dog stories at all. They always make me smile.

  • Louie

    If you are half as good photographer as the one that did this series, I would love to see your portraits.

  • David C

    Ban cat people from petapixel please, god knows the cat lovers have already ruined the internet.

  • james

    Well done. Loads of personality in those shots…and you can’t help but laugh.

  • Dean

    Please tell me it’s all a bad dream . . .

  • harumph

    I’m a dog lover. I just think this trend is lazy and played out.

  • harumph

    Of course I realize you’re not being sincere, but here, knock yourself out:

    I’m sure you’ll hate it.

    And for whatever it’s worth, my comment had nothing to do with the technical quality of the series. I prefer her wide angle candids, since they don’t feel like they’re just playing into the current trend of attempting to replicate the Seth Casteel story.

  • Hanz

    We absolutely do not need ANOTHER article about dogs shaking, wet dogs, dogs portraits, dogs whatever. Please find something new. Something that does not involve dogs or cats, preferrably …

  • David C

    A few stories along a similar vein does not a trend make.
    Besides, you don’t need to click into it – it’s not like petapixel is exhausting it’s daily story limit by posting this, or that some ultimate limit of photos taken is being wasted on dogs. Enjoy it for the silliness it is, or move on. You’ve already wasted more time than this story deserves with banal comments.

  • Timu├žin HIZAL

    No1 is perfect. “Friend” owners know very well what it means.

  • Videre Licet

    Dogs taking a dump series sounds like it would be a valuable addition.

  • harumph

    I’ll get right on it.

    …and then I’ll come and attack myself in the comments when Petapixel publishes it.