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Sarah Ainslie Pooch Portraits for Roman Road Festival 2014 [Photoessay]

Gina’s Closet teamed up with local photographer Sarah Ainslie to create a pavement shoot for dogs and their owners on Roman Road during Roman Road Festival 2014.

Gina’s Closet owner Jeanette styled an eclectic outdoor drawing room using a mix of  antique, vintage and kitsch furniture, lamps and acccesories from her shop.  With old vinyls crackling out of  record player and glasses of rosé wine being poured, the scene attracted a crowd of onlookers and interested dog owners wanting to be papped with their pooches.

Using this eclectic backdrop photographer Sarah Ainslie worked the models to create this series of beautiful dog portraits – the Sarah Ainslie Pooch Portraits collection.

Ainslie was also joined by local illustrator Sara Pitta, Roman Road Festival’s roving caricuturist, who penned fast and fabulous sketches of the dogs and owners too.

About Sarah Ainslie

Sarah Ainslie is a freelance photographer based in London’s East End. Her projects include Arsenal football supporters, working women in Hackney, Smithfield Market, Spitalfields, Shoreditch at night, strip pubs, and quite a few East End dogs.  “I criss cross the theatrical world of the rehearsal process and that of exploring the theatre of the street where the lives of the people living and working in the area become integral to their environment,” says Ainslie. “Over recent years I have been a contributing photographer on the Spitalfields Life blog, and continue to be inspired by living and working in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Islington areas.”

Sarah Ainslie also facilitates photography workshops for elders, young people, teenage mums and the homeless. For more information about her work and workshops, or to request a £20 A4 print of one of the images below, visit Sarah Ainslie’s website here.

Pooch Portraits

Dog Tizer with owner Nick Russell
Dog Tizer with owner Nick Russell © Sarah Ainslie
Dogs Bobby and Evan with Becky Sherwood
Dogs Bobby and Evan with Becky Sherwood © Sarah Ainslie
Dog Elise with comforter Pooch Portraits
Dog Elise with comforter © Sarah Ainslie
Toy poodle George with owner Carolyn Richardson Pooch Portraits
Six year old toy poodle George with owner Carolyn Richardson © Sarah Ainlie
Sundown on Pooch Portraits at Gina's Closet
Sundown on Pooch Portraits at Gina’s Closet © Sarah Ainslie

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Tabitha Stapely is the founder of Social Streets C.I.C, a not-for-profit media company using journalism to strengthen communities, particularly those in disadvantaged or neglected areas. Prior, Stapely was a writer and editor for national titles including The Telegraph Saturday Magazine, Elle and Red magazines.

2 thoughts on “Sarah Ainslie Pooch Portraits for Roman Road Festival 2014 [Photoessay]

  • Yippee! Fantastic pictures from a very entertaining evening. Sarah’s photos are gorgeous – there’ll be some very happy dog owners out there. We must do it again. Goldfish?

    • Goldfish? Pet owners with their goldfish? We could maybe try cats first, no? 🙂


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