When photographer Fred Levy overheard a conversation two years about ‘Black Dog Syndrome’ – the idea that black dogs are less likely to be adopted than those with lighter coats due to an assumption that they are more aggressive or ‘unlucky’ – he began the process of creating a series of beautiful photographs, in an attempt to counter such stereotypes.
Over the course of two years, Levy completed the photo series in the basement of his Maynard home, which he shares with his wife, two sons and his terrier, Toby.
Now finally complete, Levy said of the project:
“I want people to make informed decisions on the best dog that will fit into their lifestyle. The fur shouldn’t be the deciding factor.”
The photographs have struck a chord with dog-lovers and other artists alike, helping the series to go viral online. Thanks to this success, one of the canine stars – an 8-year-old black Labrador mix named Annabelle, who was abandoned for more than a year – was adopted just two days after the series was published.
Maryann Regan, who works for the Animal Rescue League of Boston said of Levy’s work:
“Anything that helps to break down any barrier to benefit an animal is wonderful.”