Dougie Wallace has turned his camera on to man’s best friend and the strange world of pet parents. Dogs and his pursuit of them has taken him from London to Milan, New York and Tokyo. Anthropomorphic parents spend as much on pet grooming as they would on their own hair. Dougie Wallace has used his observation and wit to portray this phenomenon in his new series Well Heeled. Wallace’s dogs have human expressions, humorous thoughts and collude with the viewer with knowing eyes to camera.
Well Heeled captures details in a dog's eye view that us bipeds wouldn’t normally see. Behind the coiffured and pampered ‘children in fur coats’ the focus is on their claws, paw pads, incisors, drool drenched beards and wet noses. Their canine traits erupt throughout the photographs and leave the viewer in no doubt that they are animals who would rather chase rabbits and chew bones than be dressed up with crystal collars, Louis Vuitton leads and pushed around in prams.