January 15, 2013

Rescue Dogs of Detroit | House of Harvey

I’m always so excited when I receive emails from readers sharing pictures of their precious pups or their own rescue stories.  It really warms my heart and brightens my day.  So when I received an email from photographer Lisa Cervone detailing her portrait series of rescue dogs in the Detroit area, I was most totally captured.

Like with all great dog photography, I love how Lisa has captured to true emotions behind these voiceless pups and really share their beautiful personalities.  And with this project specifically, I love reading the rescue stories detailed in the descriptions.  Such a lovely end to a lovely project.

Rescue Dogs of Detroit | House of Harvey

Here is a bit more about the project from the photographer, Lisa Cervone:

Why did you decide to start this project?

I am a portrait photographer and wanted to create my own project last year when work was slow. I decided to shoot dogs, something near and dear to my heart. I found a fairly young rescue league in Michigan called the Detroit Dog Rescue, which is looking to become the first no-kill shelter in Detroit. Naturally, I offered to take images for a gallery show and have the proceeds go to their non-profit.

How did you chose the dogs you photographed?

The group enters the worst parts of the city to retrieve dogs that were involved in drug raids and dog fighting rings, as well as those who have been shot, stabbed, and abandoned on the streets. Most of the dogs I photographed were pit bulls or pit mixes that truly were the sweetest, most gentle animals I had ever come in contact with.

Rescue Dogs of Detroit | House of Harvey

What was the inspiration for your photo style?

There are many photographers that shoot rescue dogs in a graphic light which is very important, but I wanted to shoot them like I shoot my humans: simply, beautifully and honest. Behind each picture lies such horrific stories, and my favorite still to this day is a dog named Mellow, a brown and white pit mix that was shot various times and missing an eye. The image is quite somber, but it’s beautiful to know he is in a much better place because of human compassion and kindness.

Where can we find your work?

Most of my images are on Etsy and printed on fine art paper. I hope to continue more projects in the future relating to our four-legged friends.


Thank you Lisa for sharing your beautiful work and story with us.


all images from Lisa Cervone



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