Ines Opifanti is a photographer from Hamburg, Germany who made a observation regarding dogs and their owners. For this series, Ines photographed dog owners who mimic their dog's facial expressions. Three years he adopted a puppy and quickly noticed her amazing ability to pull off almost human-like facial expressions.
Ines then wondered, could this work the other way round? How easily can humans “read” our dog's facial expressions? Curious to know, he posted a request for volunteers in a local, dog-centered Facebook group. Over 30 people and their dogs, most of them complete strangers, volunteered.
The dogs sat on a small podium while Ines photographed them. The owners had to interact with them, using phrases phrases they knew the dogs would react to. There was a lot of "good boy", "good girl" and other praises and treats being passed around, so they quickly stopped caring about the lights or the camera. It’s important that dogs show their natural behavior and are not frightened. After the dogs, the owners were up next and had to interpret and mimic their pets. Ines noticed that dog people get really good at interpreting their own dogs. It’s really a fascinating thing considering dogs and humans are two completely different species after all.