A photographer is trying to change the way pit bulls are perceived through a series she created called “Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution.”
According to ABC affiliate KGO-TV, Sophie Gamand used to be afraid of pit bulls. She was attacked by a big dog as a child.
The incident left her nervous around certain breeds.
“Each time I would volunteer photography at shelters, I would tend to tense up about big energetic dogs, especially around pit bulls because of the prejudice I had,” Gamand explained.
But once she gained recognition for her series on wet dogs, Gamand felt a responsibility to spread the word about overlooked dogs in shelters, particularly pit bulls.
“The imagery associated with pit bulls is gritty, somber, highly contrasted, very urban,” she said.
So that’s where her idea of using flowers to soften their stereotype came in.
Aptly titled “Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution,” the series has garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Gamand believes it’s also been a positive experience for her as a person.
“The more I hang out with pit bull models, the more comfortable I am around that breed,” she said. “Every dog is different and all the pit bulls I meet at these various shelters are amazing, wonderful, loving animals.”
KGO-TV reports the danger posed by pit bulls, which are not technically a breed but a type of breeds, has long been the subject of debate.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control determined that “pit bull-type” dogs were involved in about one third of fatal attacks on humans, but the study explains that more than just the breed influences the violence, such as the way the dog was raised.
Click here to check out Gamand’s photo series.
*KGO-TV contributed to this report.