Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott photograph the special relationship between dogs and their owners in their book, In Dogs We Trust.


Dogs Who Act Just Like Their Owners

Dogs Who Act Just Like Their Owners

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April 7 2015 11:38 AM

Dogs Who Act Just Like Their Owners

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Nasrin and Syf, Hackney, England.

Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott

In their book, In Dogs We Trust, published last month by Victory Editions, childhood friends Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott take images of man and his best friend to a whole new level.

“It’s kind of a survey of modern day dog ownership. We wanted to show as many breeds and as many people from as many different walks of life as possible,” Robson-Scott said.

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Crufts, Birmingham, England.

Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott

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Sweetwaste and Rosa Barks, Brooklyn, New York.

Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott

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Yo, Bobo, Bax, Kilo, Bryan, Santa Monica, Los Angeles.

Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott

As their project took shape, Robson-Scott and Grove found inspiration in Gary E. Eichhorn and Scott B. Jones’ book, The Dog Album, which collects antique photographs of dogs and their owners. Robson-Scott and Grove strove to create images that similarly felt like family portraits and captured the unique relationships that cut across species.

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For more than five years, the pair has mostly worked in tandem, sharing credit for all the photographs. Both photographed with medium format film and natural light so their work would share a stylistic similarity. Their project started in London, and has continued in New York and Los Angeles. In addition to photographing individuals at their homes, the pair also visited Crufts, the massive British dog show, to take portraits.

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Sahar and Baby, Brixton, England.

Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott

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Dietrich and his prize-winning bull mastiffs, Burbank, Los Angeles.

Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott

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Left: Tonka and Snipper, Double S Kennels, Compton, Los Angeles. Right: Dietrich and his SA pits, Los Angeles.

Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott

The photos demonstrate the strange and often-observed phenomenon of dogs looking like their owners. But while Robson-Scott says the visual similarities are common, it’s more likely that dogs and owners will act alike than look alike.

“They definitely take on their owners’ traits, much the way a child would with their parents,” he said. “I’m a believer that there aren’t that many badly behaved dogs, there are just badly behaved owners.”

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Martin Parr and Ruby, Bristol, England.

Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott

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Left: Nasa and Raj, Holloway, England. Right: Pearly King and Queen, Kent, UK.

Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott

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Sara and Rza, Hackney, England.

Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott

Jordan G. Teicher is the associate editor of Slates Behold blog. Follow him on Twitter.