Shannon Johnstone on Creating Photos That Help Animals

Shannon Johnstone has photographed nearly two hundred at-risk shelter dogs at the Wake County Animal Center in Raleigh for her project Landfill Dogs. The photo shoots took place in North Carolina’s Landfill Park, known for its rolling green hills and crystal clear views of the city skyline–a paradise for dogs who spend most of their days in a noisy, crowded shelter. From Jumping Bean, the puppy who couldn’t sit still, to Bastian, the deaf dog who spent 84 days in the shelter system, each dog was one-of-a-kind.

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