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Oregon is so goddamn pretty, so I stole this dude out of the gallery for a short walk.
The Giant Pacific Rockbeast is native to Pacific Northwest coastal regions, although smaller variants have made it further south.
Rockbeasts burrow into naturally formed rock crevices when they are little, and dissolve the rock from inside as they grow. They are generally able to find a rock that will accommodate their predicted adult size. The ones that do not will usually die when they eventually dissolve the last of the available rock, and expose themselves to external elements. This rockbeast is lucky to have found a rock that fits him so snugly.
While they primarily prefer to stay near water, they often venture out to forested areas on cold and rainy days. They thrive on a diet of small bugs.
(If you’d like to adopt this dude, he is still available as part of the Dubious Beasts:Symbiosis show, at Archimedes Gallery)
Reblogging some old stuff(on queue) because I’m in the desert building a haunted house! :) This dude is from my May show with Leslie. He’s still available!
Portraying Pit Bulls with @sophiegamand
New York photographer Sophie Gamand (@sophiegamand) first started the Pit Bull Flower Power series to show the breed in a new, softer light. She teamed up with several rescue groups to photograph pit bulls that were up for adoption with a new perspective to open hearts. Sophie creates headpieces for every photo shoot, patiently gluing fake flowers together in different shapes and sizes then matching the color and styles to the dog. “People are afraid of them, but the fact I was able to put flower crowns on their heads and photograph them like this says a lot about their temperament! They were all sweet and loving.”
When it comes to working with canine models, Sophie explains her process: “I make little noises behind the camera to catch their attention when I photograph the dogs, and very often they would come over to check on me and kiss me.”
On set, Sophie has a handler to help distract the dogs from the crowns delicately balanced on their heads. She views the shoot as a mini-training session for the dogs. “Usually after the shoot they are ready to go to bed.”
This speaks to me on an emotional level.