Organised by Three Legs Good, Mongrel – The Photo Exhibition 2012 celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of this true local breed. Featuring the works of photographers Colleen Goh, Nicholas Lee, Jean Qingwen Loo and Teo Keng Beng. This collection of compelling images challenges our preconceived notion that mongrels are common and not worthy of attention. The photographs are for sale and all proceeds will be going to various animal shelters in Singapore.
Each dog featured in the photographs has a story behind, and unfortunately, they are mostly sad stories. Even without reading the synopsis/descriptions accompanied, the eyes of these mongrels speak to the viewers. The good thing is, not all the sad stories about the dogs ended badly. They have gone through some hard and horrible times, but despite all that, they survived and continue leading a happy life.
Photographer Colleen Goh shared in an interview on the nine dogs she has photographed:
“All (the dogs) went through hardship in the hands of humans. So when I was photographing them, I was feeling very apologetic for the dogs. I wanted to apologise to them on behalf of the humans that have hurt them. But amazingly, these lovelies did not seemed to hold any grudges towards human-kind. Yes, some may be still wary of humans, but not a single one was aggressive. They did not bear any hatred towards people. And it is this resilience in the face of adversity that I wanted to show the world in my photos.”
Colleen’s inspirations actually come from the dogs. She felt that humans should learn about resilience and kindness from these dogs. In order to help these mongrels, Colleen hopes that this exhibition will touch the hearts of many.
All the dogs are too adorable in their own sweet ways, and each face, pair of eyes just melt your heart. Artitute would like to feature a few here:
By Colleen Goh
CASSIE (Project Snip Snip) 2011
Cassie was a rescued stray who lost three of her limbs to illegal wild boar traps. She has been adopted by a kind lady and now shares a loving home with many other dogs and cats.
HANDSOME (Mdm Wong’s Shelter & Friends) 2011
Handsome was a blind mongrel with heartworm, kidney failure and low blood pressure. His face was full of cuts and bruises, sad evidence of his hard life as a stray. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his illnesses and is missed by all who knew and loved him.
By Nicholas Lee
A victim of a hit-and-run, Jollie may have lost a limb but she never lost that spring in her step. Rescued by Zeus Communications.
HANSEL AND GRETEL 2011
Two playful puppies play “chase the camera”. They were found somewhere under the bushes of Yishun Park. Rescued and re-homed by Joyce through Humane Society (Singapore)
By Teo Keng Beng
Woof is a mongrel who looks like a husky-mix cross-breed. Woof lives at NANAS (Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary) in Johor.
Speckie the puppy was a stray that Teo found in 1976 and photographed in his studio. She was quite naughty and two days later, while Teo was at work, she snuck through the fence and left. Despite Teo’s attempts to find her, she had disappeared.
By Jean Qingwen Loo
When night falls on Singapore’s industrial estates, it is common to see strays emerge from their hiding places, wandering in search of food. While some are cared for by factory owners and foreign workers, others are less fortunate and lead a harsh life without food, water or shelter. According to volunteers, it is common for them to end up as victims of traffic accidents, disease and abuse.
All the photographers contributed the full proceeds from the exhibition to the various animal shelters in Singapore. This exhibition is organised by Three Legs Good, with the support from the following shelters and animal welfare groups.
Three Legs Good seeks to give injured and disabled dogs a second chance at life and to raise awareness of the joys of adopting a mongrel.
Action For Singapore Dogs www.asdsingapore.com
Humane Society (Singapore) www.humanesocietysingapore.org
Project Snip Snip www.facebook.com/psnipsnip
Gentle Paws www.gentlepaws2010.blogspot.com
Mdm Wong’s Shelter and Friends www.facebook.com/Mdmwongshelterandfriends
Save Our Street Dogs www.saveourstreetdogs.com
Exhibition date: 4th to 16th July 2012
Venue: Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Filmmaking
56A Arab Street, Singapore 199753
Time: Mon-Fri (11am- 7pm), Sat (By Appointment).
Closed on Sundays and all public holidays.
Enquires: 6293 9782
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