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Rhett Nicks describes where it all started.

Rhett Nicks describes where it all started.

“I started working for St. Louis County in the fall of 2014. Just as St. Louis was making national news on a daily basis. Through all the press and images of unrest an image of a small pit bull pup and his mom walking in front of officers was incredibly poignant and served as a perfect metaphor for the situation. The juxtaposition might not be readily obvious to many, but the greater meaning was immediately obvious to me. Here stood a group of officers and a pit bull, two groups often incorrectly judged as a whole because of the actions of a few. An image containing two often dichotomous social groups, police and the dog often seen as representing urban youth, groups that are often to be at odds with each other. The goal was to combine these two contrasting and at odds groups in images that show their true light.

From a simple little idea born in August 2014, and through the efforts of Lynn Terry, Sgt. Shawn McGuire, Rhett Nicks, and Lauren this project to fruition. It is a small gesture using a touch of humor to show police officers and block-headed pups (and some homeless kittens) in their true light and to help provide donations for two great programs, the St. Louis Pet Adoption Center and St. Louis County Police Department Welfare Association."

 

Lynn Terry is a prominent and talented photographer best known for both her commercial and private work with pets. She's a published photographer with her Tales From the Booth collection and book. Lynn has been a fixture and valuable friend to local animal welfare organizations, rescue groups, and homeless pets of the St. Louis region.

 

Sgt. Shawn McGuire (also known as, only Pits & Police Mr. July) is the person behind booking all the police officers and photo shoot locations. Shawn was instrumental in making this project happen. Most conversations went something like... Rhett, "Shawn, we need an airplane hanger, a helicopter, some SWAT guys, the Police Academy, and Chief's office for some location photo shoots." Shawn, "Sure when?"

 

If there is any doubt how much fun this project was... Mr. Nicks helping get the lighting or lightening just right for the detective interrogation shot.