Mondo Cane, a project by the photographer Thomas Roma about dogs and their shadows
The photographer Thomas Roma’s career is linked to Brooklyn, his neighborhood. Since the ’70s he’s been photographing everything in his district. One of his most interesting projects is “Mondo Cane”. A series of pictures that started years ago, while he was strolling, with his wife Anna, his son Giancarlo, and his dog Tino, a poodle, on the Dyker Beach Park, a park where dog would walk unleashed then. One day, at sunset they started throwing balls for the dog and they saw the interesting shadows that were projected by the dogs while they were moving. Distorted silhouettes of their anatomy that also recalled rupestrian painting. A phenomenon that led Thomas Roma to go to the park, for years, with his 8 feet tripod chasing dogs on the park. A decision of the city council made the Mondo Cane finish when, almost a year ago, replacing the ground with loose stone making the shadows look worse.
Photos: Thomas Roma / Howard Greenberg Gallery