Dogs is the first photographic series by Paola de Grenet where she explores taking portraits of animals instead of humans; her usual subjects. Paola's routine has mainly focused on the psychological aspects of the person. She describes portraiture as follows.'A portrait is for me a sort of encounter; while I photograph someone I search, guess and recognise the landscapes of the soul, which belong to me as well.' With this project, Paola says that working with dogs has allowed her to take a rest from the psychological elements of portraiture because she would not have to renounce the power of expression. To view a gallery of Paola's work please click here
Paola began working as a photographer in London in 1999, picking up various photographic work for The Guardian, The Sunday Times Magazine and Penguin Books. She then moved to Barcelona in 2003, and continues to work for Spanish magazines.
Her photographs, she states, had become a tool for her to express curiosity for the world. This is most visible in personal projects like, 'Albino Beauty', 'Pink Dreams', and 'Life as a Transsexual'.
'Photography for me is about the relationship between dreams and reality, both in others and myself. By learning about other people's struggles, with identity, prejudice and beauty, I learn about my own.'
Paola has received various awards for her achievements in London, Italy and Spain and has been featured in EXIT magazine, Ojo de Pez, Virginia Quarterly Review, and 1000 words. She has also exhibited at GetxoPhoto2012 (Gexto 2012), Domestic (Barcelona 2010), 3Punts Barcelona (2009), Caixa Forum (Barcelona 2007), and other exhibitions, art and photography fairs such as PhotoMiami, Berlineliste and ArtMadrid.