Adorably Candid Photos Between Two Dogs Mirror the Dynamics of Human Relationships

Photographer Shaina Fishman captures the unique relationships that canines share in her project called Between Two Dogs. Adorable images showcase a variety of interactions among different pups, with these instances ranging from humorous to sweet to poignant. Some dogs are two peas in a pod and go toe-to-toe in their playful rough-housing. Others demonstrate a familial bond as they snuggle together. Although there's a lot of love in these photos, it's just as clear that certain canines would prefer to be left alone. This broad emotional range mirrors the relationships that we have with our friends and loved ones.

Fishman photographed 30 pairs of dogs for this project, which consisted of adult and puppies or two puppies of the same age. The subjects spanned breeds that included Golden Retrievers, Pugs, French Bulldogs, and Dalmatians. Each was allowed to act naturally, which gives these shots a wonderfully candid feel that'll make you smile. “What transpired between the dogs was a variety of dynamic interactions,” Fishman explains. “Almost all of the dogs were eager to be together and play but some wanted nothing to do with their co-star, which was just fine because I didn't set out to capture only cute imagery. My goal was to create memorable images full of varied emotions and interactions. Those few independent pups broadened the emotional range of the book and added to its sense of humor.” 

Between Two Dogs was recently released as a full-color, 144-page book by Skyhorse Publishing, now available through outlets like Amazon.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use images by Shaina Fishman.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. 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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