Dan Bannino, is the photographer behind “Poetic Dogs,” dressing up shelter dogs as his favourite authors, then photographing them with their uncanny resemblance.
The photo project took over four months to complete, with much of the time spent getting to know the dogs and associating them with the authors he knew and loved.
“The moves, the eyes, the way they were and the way they interacted with me had a very important role in choosing who was who, and this totally made me communicate with them on another level,”Bannino said.
The photographer also says, “Poetic Dogs” was one of the most challenging ideas he’s ever had in his life. All the shelter dogs were untrained, and afraid of the people they met. He chose not to use flash, but he did have to use a whole lot of dog treats.
“Not only did I recreate the right costumes and scenes for my models, but I had to somehow wait for the right expressions and moves in these amazing dogs,” he said.
The Charles Bukowski signature wide-open mouth was one of those sought after expressions.
Bannino is hoping to create a narrative every few days, using the finished photos from the series, with the goal of the photos one day becoming a book in homage of the featured literary geniuses.