Maija Astikainen

One-Dog Policy

Dogs are the most common pets and they are often seen and treated more like one of the family members than animals.

I’m interested in anthropomorphism, the habit of adding human characteristics to animals. The gestures of dogs are easily misinterpreted. They look guilty to us when they have done something wrong, and they seem to be laughing when something good is happening.

The series of portraits was shot in Helsinki and Madrid during the years 2010-2014. The project is ongoing.

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