With everyone living as their exhibitionist third self on social media sites and blogs these days, the internet is becoming a little too self-aware and image-conscious for my liking. Sandra Hartness’ Creative Grooming site comes to the rescue: a showcase of her transformational poodle art. Vibrant proof of how amazingly and unabashedly weird the world still is.
I get a lot of junk sent to me by email, but every once in a while I get a real beauty, something that makes me laugh out loud at how funny and absurd life can be. The phenomenon of creative canine grooming shows has its home in, you guessed it, the USA. Poodle owners dye, shave, clip and accessorise their pets so they resemble chickens, fairies, underwater sea themes, even American football players. As photographer Ren Netherland has discovered, the extremities of canine grooming have attained cult-like status.