Ok, so I’m probably going to get death threats for saying this, but here goes – I groan every time I see those ultra-depressing Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercials. But before you send me hate mail full of anthrax, let me redeem myself by talking about how much I DO love this series “Landfill Dogs” by Shannon Johnstone. I find this approach to publicizing pet overpopulation to be so much more productive and moving (and happy!).
Landfill Dogs is a series of photographs of shelter dogs looking for homes in Raleigh, North Carolina – every week, Johnstone photographs a new dog and posts it to her Facebook page with a description of the dog and a plea for a forever home. For that one afternoon, “each dog receives a car ride, a walk, treats, and about 2 hours of much-needed individual attention” while she photographs them near a local landfill. The location might seem a strange one at first, but she chose it for its symbolism – as a place for unwanted things that has been transformed into a thing of beauty. She hopes that people also see “the beauty in these homeless, unloved creatures.”
And she’s not alone in this good deed – there are several other photographers, including Traer Scott, who are also aiming the lens at this issue. What a beautiful way to use art for good, don’t you think? Even if you’re an amateur photographer, maybe this would be a great way to get involved with your own local shelter!
Some of my favorite photos below – and more on Shannon Johnstone’s Facebook page, as well!
(Via My Modern Met)