Sleeping Beauties / Shadows
The series Sleeping Beauties / Shadows was made in various large cities in India. That the dogs in the series are strays is evident from their rather poor physical condition: they are emaciated, scarred, diseased.
It isn’t always clear from the photos whether the dogs are simply asleep or dead and spiritless; this accents the transience of physical existence.
The dogs are shown stretched out flat on the ground and photographed directly from above, centred in the frame. The silhouette of the body modifies the image so that the dog seems to float above the ground, detached from the surface, an effect which is intensified by poses which suggest walking, running or standing. The photographs simultaneously describe both motion and immobility.
27 x 20 cm. softcover, fold in front.