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Believing in the Godliness of animals, Cruz shares deep truths discovered in the faces of dogs, sweet faces so many of us look into to find what’s best in ourselves.Carlos Andres Cruz is a dog photographer who specializes in creating images that reflect the dynamism, joy, and character of dogs in relaxed, enjoyable environments. His purpose is to learn, understand and promote his unique ‘super-chill’ approach to this style of photography around the world. His approach is open-source, and enjoys partnership from the people who mean the most to him: family members, special friends, and (of course) dogs of all shapes and sizes, wherever he can find them.
FACING OURSELVES - Art Basel 2019
Extract from Curator's Note about the exhibition FACING OURSELVES, 2019:
"The Robert Zuckerman, Ricardo Cavolo and Carlos Andrés Cruz images are part of our permanent collection, and the artists have become part of the extended Betsy arts family. The 300 works in Bob Bonis' Collection of The Beatles & Rolling Stones will remain up on walls throughout the property; this is a timeless collection that continues to be a favorite for guests of all ages."
ON THE DOG ROAD AGAIN - 2019
WAIT STILL - Art Basel 2018
CARLOS ANDRES CRUZ – exhibited in the Underground Gallery @ The Betsy Hotel. PHOTOGRAPHER Carlos Andres Cruz (lafotoperreria.com) is a dog photographer who specializes in creating images that reflect the dynamism, joy, and character of dogs in relaxed, enjoyable environments. His purpose is to learn, understand and promote his unique ‘super-chill’ approach to and style of photography – in Bogota, and around the world. His approach is open-source, and enjoys partnership from the people who mean the most to him: family members, special friends, and (of course) dogs of all shapes and sizes, wherever he can find them. Believing the dogs are the closest thing to the great creator, pure in their intension, honest, and living to serve, Carlos dedicates this show and all of his work to the global universe of dogs – from the ones we love in our own homes, to those looking for a forever home, to those that have ventured over the rainbow bride to places unknown, but who we will never forget. In every language that the word Dog is spoken … (Hond, Hund, Keley, kuttA, Kutya, Cane, inu, gae, hundr, pies, spbaka, junkel, mah, pes, Gou, Cachorro,) and in the Chinese Year of the Dog, The Betsy is exhibiting a collection of photographs that are deeply personal. Please enjoy these images of two elegant and playful Golden Retrievers - Betsy Ross and Katie Hepburn, The Betsy Hotel’s onsite Canine Executive Officers - and their sister ‘Daisy’ who was welcomed from dog-rescue into her ‘forever home’ on July 4, 2013.
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Today we’d like to introduce you to Carlos Andres Cruz.
Carlos Andres, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have been a photography teacher for more than 20 years, helping people find their own voice as photographers expressing the beauty their eyes can see. A few years ago, I felt that I wanted to focus on my sense of life and found that I needed to reconnect with own voice as well once again. I felt was in pieces, with unconnected talents and abilities and decided to work towards putting them together as if it were the construction of a puzzle.
Prioritizing my main passions I invested all my energy and time in this goal, and in a way became my own student. My passion for dogs and photography led me to become an outdoors dog photographer specialized in creating images that reflect the dynamism, joy, and character of dogs in relaxed, enjoyable environments.
I see photography as a vehicle through which I can explore the world and learn about people, finding meaning to diverse aspects of life as well. And dogs inspire me, I have come to learn a lot about myself and humans in general because of dogs.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenge as an artist is staying focused so I can make a living out dog photography and keep creating.
Tell us about your business.
Because dogs are authentic, I really enjoy creating images of dogs being dogs, always giving their best.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t call it luck I call it the power of awareness. I can see how the planets move because of the power of connections.
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