“The Pits” Susan's solo photography exhibit opening June 6th running through June 30, 2014
“The Pits” Susan's solo photography and painting exhibit portraying
rescued American Pit Bull Terriers, Pit Bull Type Dogs and Cane Corso Mastiffs.
June 6, 2014 to June 30, 2014
- Opening Reception - Friday, June 6, 2014, at 7:00 P.M. Langhorne Coffee House 102 S. Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA 19047 www.langhornecoffeehouse.com
In 2000, Susan became particularly interested in the plight of the American Pit Bull Terrier and Pit Bull type dogs and began to document what she was seeing in various local shelters and rescue organizations, where she volunteered her time as a photographer. The Pit Bull Terrier made up the majority of dogs filling animal shelters. She saw these dogs systematically overlooked by families with children and individuals looking to adopt, due to fear and distrust of the so-called viscous nature and gross misrepresentation of the breed, fueled mainly by the media. She became passionate about joining the movement to help dispel the myths about these dogs and began this particular photographic project in 2009, continuing to the present. All photographs in this exhibit are images of rescued American Pit Bull Terriers, Pit Bull types and Cane Corso Mastiffs. The photographs were taken onsite at shelters and rescue events, pre-adoption, except one: that of a brindle Pit Bull called Patton. In some cases these dogs were subsequently adopted, some will be destined to live out their entire lives in a no-kill shelter. Physical scars of dog fighting, abuse and overbreeding are evident is some of her photographs.
What is most remarkable about Susan’s photographs is that despite the unspeakable systematic cruelty these dogs suffered at the hands of humans, in some cases only days or weeks before the photographs were taken, the clownish, joyful, loving, gentle, complacent nature of each of these dogs is clear in the images. Some dogs looking directly into the lens of her camera with soft eyes, some dancing, smiling, eating dirt, looking off into the distance, telling the viewer their stories, without the necessity of words. Susan will donate a portion of proceeds from sales of her work to the 7 shelters and rescue organizations responsible for rescuing one or more of the dogs photographed for this project.