People always comment on how a child resembles their parents, but what about fur children? Even though humans are not the biological parents to their dogs, some owners share a shocking resemblance with their beloved fur child.
British photographer, Gerrard Gethings, put a spin on the classic memory game by using photos of dogs and their owners that resemble each other. Gethings loves to photograph animals and was fascinated by the similarities that dogs and their owners share. His inspiration to photograph animals came from his own dog, Baxter, back in 2008 when he added the Terrier to his family.
“I don’t want to create images of animals that are patronising. My subjects are complex and characterful creatures, full of pathos, humour and unpredictability. I want them to appear epic. For me, a domestic pet is no less beautiful or majestic than a wild animal,” states Gethings.
The side-by-side images of the owner and look alike dog are taking the internet by storm. The images have appeared all over the world, even on airport televisions. The images include a woman with her hair in a ponytail that looks just like her Poodle. Another is of a man with long flowing hair and his Afghan hound. It is uncanny how much the owners and dogs look alike.
“18 months ago I was commissioned by @laurencekingpub to produce 50 portraits, illustrating the idea of dogs who look like their owners. The Times are publishing a bunch of them today, and the whole collection has been made into a game,” posted Gethings on Instagram.
Aside from looks, many of us dog parents can relate to having similar personalities with our dogs. We tend to be drawn to the dogs that enjoy the same activities and have the same energy level.
“Familiarity often makes us forget this, but when you get up close and capture every soulful detail in the eyes of a dog, cat or horse, then you start to remember where it came from. They seem important and individual again. With a heritage that dates back to forever.”
The new memory game, Do You Look Like Your Dog?, is available for purchase starting September 10. You can check out more of Gethings’s work on his Instagram gezgethings.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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