Mention pit bulls and you normally get a reaction of how these are some of the most vicious of dog breeds. Acclaimed pet trainer Caesar Milan was always quick to dispel this widely held belief, showing how sweet and gentle a pit bull can actually be. Well looks like he will be getting some help in retooling the dog’s bad reputation from U.S.-based French photographer Sophie Gamand. To detract from their typical portrayal as ferocious and aggressive canines, Gamand, has set out to change all that by photographing pit bulls posed with attractive hippie flower crowns.
The photo collection is entitled, Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution, and it aims to depict the sweeter side of these animals. The dogs in Gamand’s series are just a few of the dogs seeking new owners at three rescue groups in New York City. The revenues generated from photo print sales will be used by the shelters. Gamand recently shared how she came to initiate the Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution project.
“I realized pit bulls were always portrayed in very urban, gritty photographs,” writes Gamand. “The imagery associated with these dogs is often harsh, very contrasted, conveying the idea of them being tough. In my opinion, this feeds the myth that these dogs are dormant psychopaths. So I decided to take the other route and portray them like hippies, soft fairy-tale-inspired characters, feminine and dreamy.”
The name Pit Bull is actually a generic term used to depict dogs with comparable physical characteristics. In actuality, a “Pit Bull” is one of many breeds including the Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bully, American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, Presa Canario, Cane Corso, or any mix of these breeds. A canine breed that is mixed with a “Bull breed” may also be referred to as a “Pit Bull” including those whose bloodlines are from the English Bulldog, French Bulldog, and Boston Terrier.