"Just like humans, dogs form attachments to their personal possessions and can give us a deeper insight into their identity," says Alicia Rius, of her series, A Dog's Life. "The items that shape their daily routine, that they carry, keep, and even eat – give us a glimpse into their hearts and minds. They show us what makes them most proud or happy and even puts their vulnerability on display. Capturing the things that mean the most to them also captures the heart of the viewer as the dog’s life is fully exposed in one image."
Thus lies the sentiment behind the Catalan photographer's charming photo project. She adds: "All my life I’ve been an animal lover, and when I started doing animal photography I wanted to go beyond just beautiful portraits. I wanted to capture each dog’s unique personality. Most of the time, in order to accomplish this, I would get the subject in action, capturing what they like or do the best.
"However, this time, I wanted to go even deeper and focus on specific objects that, within an instant, anyone can understand the dog’s style of living."
Based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Alicia Rius specialises in animal portraits, focusing mainly on dogs and cats. You can discover more of her recent projects at aliciariusphotography.com or follow her on Instagram