Intimate Portraits Reveal Amusing Facial Expressions of Skeptical Dogs

German photographer Elke Vogelsang (aka Wieslblitz) has a knack for capturing expressive portraits of our canine friends. Last year, we shared their goofy personalities in a series of delightful images. Now, Vogelsang has pivoted from their playfulness and explores pups' skeptical side. Her latest series features “dogs questioning the photographer's sanity,” as they grimace, roll their eyes, and generally look miffed. We can't help think we've done something wrong!

These canines weren't actually upset when these photos were taken–they're a series of amusing outtakes that capture the fraction of a second when these odd looks were made. “Mostly these pictures were achieved by pretending to throw a toy or treat or actually throwing one,” Vogelsang told Mashable. “That way the dog is expecting the toy or treat to come its way and is looking in anticipation.”

Vogelsang really appreciates these strange, bewildered expressions. “I usually prefer the pictures, which don't look like that one portrait the owner would hang on his wall,” she writes. “I found that in some pictures the dog look like they think that the photographer lost her mind. I'm definitely crazy about dogs. But I think I'm mostly harmless, too.”

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via [Mashable]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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