What I knew about Joke Schut from an email she sent me a few years ago was that she made beautiful documentary portraits (of humans). This fall, I was excited to learn that Schut is also interested in making the same thoughtful, deep photographs of dogs. In her two series Dogs of Rotterdam (part of the photo contest De Kracht van Rotterdam in 2016) and Shelter Dogs, Schut explores two different sides of life with dogs. In the former, she captures the love between owners and their dogs, the humans smiling and prideful. In the latter, owner-less dogs are the subject of dreary yet sometimes hopeful images. Both projects have me wanting to go home and snuggle my own dog.

Visit artist's site: jokeschut.nl