Katja Jemec’s photo series, I Looked Up and There You Were, takes a unique perspective on rescued dogs. In her striking images, Jemec captures the dogs‘ experiences from a bird’s eye view. Giving the viewer a sense of what the world looks like from the dog’s perspective.

Bongo started his life at a farm, where he and his brother were left to live outside, without shelter. His new owners, Maša and her boyfriend, are trying to boost his confidence, because he is still very shy and afraid he will be abandoned.
Bongo started his life at a farm, where he and his brother were left to live outside, without shelter. His new owners, Maša and her boyfriend, are trying to boost his confidence because he is still very shy and afraid he will be abandoned.

I Looked Up and There You Were: A Unique Perspective on Rescued Dogs

Jemec’s photographs are both beautiful and haunting. In one image, a black dog stares up at the camera with sad, soulful eyes. In another, a pack of dogs runs through a field. Their bodies are a blur of motion as they chase after unseen prey. Each photograph tells a story, giving the dogs’ emotions and experiences in a way that is both intimate and universal.

Joey is distrustful towards people and has shown aggression towards children, but is a cheerful and hard-working dog who is always willing to learn. His owner Živa planned to socialise him and then give him up for adoption, but could not find a suitable owner so she kept him.
Joey is distrustful towards people and has shown aggression toward children, but is a cheerful and hard-working dog who is always willing to learn. His owner Živa planned to socialize him and then give him up for adoption, but could not find a suitable owner so she kept him.

Capturing Dogs’ Experiences Through a Unique Perspective

The series is particularly poignant given the subject matter. The dogs in the photographs were all rescued from shelters. And Jemec’s images offer a glimpse into the lives of animals. That is often ignored or forgotten by grabbing the dogs’ experiences. From such an unusual angle, Jemec invites us to see the world through their eyes. And to feel a deeper sense of connection to these creatures.

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Growing up, Sky was twice attacked by dogs, leaving him afraid and aggressive. His owner Tina uses various dog sports (for example cani cross) to redirect his energy, and to get him accustomed to the company of other dogs and people.
Growing up, Sky was twice attacked by dogs, leaving him afraid and aggressive. His owner Tina uses various dog sports (for example can cross) to redirect his energy, and to get him accustomed to the company of other dogs and people.

A Poignant Look at the Lives of Rescued Dogs

Jemec’s photographs are a testament to the power of art to change how we see the world. They remind us that there is beauty in even the most difficult of circumstances. With a little empathy and compassion, we can learn to connect with animals in new and profound ways.

Jack was found when he was 18 months old and sent to a shelter, where he bit his walkers. Karmen is a firm believer in second chances and decided to adopt him.
Jack was found when he was 18 months old and sent to a shelter, where he bit his walkers. Karmen is a firm believer in second chances and decided to adopt him.

The Power of Art to Transform Our Perspective on Animals

Overall, I Looked Up and There You Were is a powerful and moving series. Of photographs that offer a unique perspective on rescued dogs. Jemec’s images are a testament to the resilience of these animals. And a reminder that every creature, no matter how small or overlooked, has a story worth telling.

Looney’s first owners beat her, broke her tail, cut her and gave her a collar that was too small and grew painfully into her skin. Her owner Lara is still trying to soothe Looney’s fears and socialise her.
Looney’s first owners beat her, broke her tail, cut her, and gave her a collar that was too small and grew painfully into her skin. Her owner Lara is still trying to soothe Looney’s fears and socialize her.

Source: The Guardian

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