I don’t care how many Tumblrs are littered with pictures of puppies or how many Instagram pugs make their way into my feed, there’s something irresistible about photographs of dogs with their owners. Especially when they look alike. Which having seen this new project from Will Robson-Scott and Ollie Grove, is, I can confirm, a real thing. It happens. They start to resemble one another.
The series I’m talking about has just been published in book form under the title In Dogs We Trust and it had the two photographers running around to shoot every breed of dog imaginable with their owner.
“I think we would probably agree that the most memorable shoot from the project was visiting SS kennels in Compton,” Will told us when we asked him about the high points. “Not because anything truly untoward happened, but because the crew of guys we visited there insisted on us ‘joining the circle’ to smoke blunts, leaving one of us incredibly paranoid and dry-mouthed.
"Andy had found Vagga on the beach in Goa and the two had become inseparable. So inseparable that Andy drove Vagga the beach stray all the way back to Newington Green, undetected, to live with him in London.”Will Robson-Scott
“The rest of the afternoon in Compton was spent with a photographer under the delusion that he would never escape alive and that the dogs were talking about him. The crew of welcoming Pitbull breeders politely and generously insisted on more circles being made throughout the day which left one of us on the verge of a nervous breakdown.”
It wasn’t all smoking up in circles though, he assured us. “We also spent some time visiting London squats that had dogs in abundance. One story from a squat caught our attention involving one of the subjects from the book, Andy and Vagga. We were informed by what we recall was Andy’s girlfriend (Andy was a little spaced out and was struggling to answer our questions) that Andy had found Vagga on the beach in Goa and the two had become inseparable. So inseparable that Andy drove Vagga the beach stray all the way back to Newington Green, undetected, to live with him in London.” The moral of the story? “Dogs really can choose humans.”