An adopted dog can have a “postcard life” like Alai, a life that will live but that will also give you. Adopting a dog is to rescue more than one life: the one who lives, the one that gives you, the one that you share ... and maybe your own.
The photo book ALAI shows a relationship in freedom with an adopted dog, and tries to raise awareness about the lives of rescued dogs with us.
It is a set of 25 postcards collected on a necklace. This design, unique and breakthrough, has been the framework of the project since 2008.
Since I adopted it, eleven years ago, I have photographed Alai with this book design in mind. Of these thousands of photos, I have chosen the most representative postcards of different stages of life (youth, maturity, old age ...).
In the texts that accompany each image, I try to show everything I have learned by sharing life with this lively, passionate and playful bitch.
Since the texts have ended up overexploiting the format of the postcards, I have designed a book bound by hand, complementary, with the full text. Made by hand by the author, it includes an identifying tube for personal data.
My philosophy, in regard to photography, is to show the Alai as it is, without artificial or forced positions, without orchestrated choreographies, without filters or post processing of image and, above all, without humanizing it.
Through the texts, I try to show everything I have learned in our symbiotic relationship, with personal or more general aspects. The idea is to raise awareness about the life that we allow ourselves to live and also what we gain when we adopt a dog.
The artisan seal
I designed the Alai pictogram thinking about her, but also in any other hunting or hunting dog (or not) adopted. In some rewards you can get this artisan stamp, handmade by myself.
Watercolours original art
The watercolours of the rewards are original, in high quality paper, of watercolourist Eva Elias, specialized in portraits of cats and other animals. Regular collaborator of Jardinet dels Gats, has donated these works to the ALAI project.
All the Eva Elias watercolours are accompanied by the reward ALAI LUXE: Photo book ALAI with plate engraving, Printed artisan book and Poster.
Watercolour n. 5
Watercolour n. 6
A part of the benefits will be given to Refugi Aixopluc society of Manresa (Barcelona), from where Alai left in 2007, in gratitude and support for his work.
The design of the photo book is registered, but I will make it available to all the associations that ask me to do campaigns with their dogs, digital templates included.
You can therefore count on my collaboration when it comes to preparing and carrying out financing campaigns with this design of postcards of your dogs and cats for adoption.
When we reach ¾ parts of the financing I will move forward with the printing of postcards and all the rewards. The Verkami ends on November 22. The delivery will be made in an ephemeral exhibition before Christmas, so you can make your presents, in Santpedor (Barcelona).