I asked David about what it was like to shoot dogs at the 2017 Westminster Dog Show in NYC this month and this is what he had to offer:
"I was lucky enough to take a stab at the challenge of capturing the Westminster Dog Show this year. Color and humor are what compels me to take a picture, and this event has no shortage of either. The purple runways and ropes, green show floor, and colorful skirt suits provide ample opportunities to take a great picture. Oh! And the dogs. The most beautiful dogs I have ever seen. Big ones, small ones, skinny ones, fat ones. It’s almost like a Dr. Suess book in real life. With everything working to my advantage, the dog show is still an unpredictable event to photograph and difficult to make photos that stand out from other photographer's shots from the past. With this in mind, I tried my best to seek out moments that spoke to me instead of firing my camera at every cute dog that walked past. So, after three days and over 58,000 steps, here’s a peek into what I came home with."
Is it just a funny coincidence that so many dancers have dogs? I was beginning to think so and had to check it out for myself. I had been introduced to the magnificent dancers of The America Ballet by vet extraordinaire, Jennifer Chaitman. I truly had no idea of the grace and ease that these dogs add to a dance routine!
You probably know me through my Instagram project @PickleBeholding. What you may not know is that I started the Instagram project because I work as a private art advisor for individuals and companies. In other words, I help people figure out what art to buy within their budget and taste. A lot of that work is taking away the stigmas and fears of feeling uneducated enough or not wealthy enough to appreciate and buy art. You don’t have to be super educated to appreciate contemporary art. Liking it is appreciating it, and if you like it enough to want to live with it, you should.
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Blue is a six year old Brussels griffon living in Brooklyn. She’s kind of a shapeshifter; part dog, part cat, part rabbit, part bird. Most of all she is a Sage that is constantly shooting out lightning bolts of love. Oh yeah, also a part time nude model.
Fashion editor, stylist, storyteller, and gamine barely describe the expertise and energy that Maggie Mann exudes. Partner her with her creative director husband Ferdinand van Alphen and you have a real powerhouse of a couple.
Beverly Allan introduced me to the work of Lia Chavez, a visual and performance artist who divides her time between Brookhaven Hamlet and Manhattan with her husband, David Shing, a futurist and their rescue dog London. Lia will be performing a piece entitled, "Light Body", a contemplative dance piece this Saturday at the farm of Isabella Rossellini. "The performance marks the artist’s emergence from a 40-day vow of silence. Inspired by John Cage’s renowned experiments with sensory deprivation and historical accounts of activating the light body through deep meditation, Chavez has drawn upon the mystical concept of “feasting on light” — a reference to the Yogic practice of sustaining the physical and energetic bodies with meditation and the breath.
The visual artworks created over this period will be the subject of a private exhibition at Isabella Rossellini's home concurrently. (Beverly Allan and Nur EL Shami's press release).
I have known this beauty since she was a wee one running up and down the beach in Tulum playing with her sister Kesewa and my daughter Sophie - spirited and carefree. Life has certainly thrown this girl a few curveballs but it is with grace and determination that she emerged from a spell and has come through like a shiny golden star. Founder of GURLS Talk, feminist crusader, actress, model and friend to many, Adwoa Aboah shares with us a few tidbits about her life and her dog, of course. Thank you to my sweet friend Tierney Gearon for these delicious pics.
I never thought the day would come when there would be doggie perfume. Hailing from Australia and fresh to the market is Harriott & Hound a delictable scent that every pooch will howl over. Gilly Harriott, the canine lover behind H&H, had always dreamed of creating a dog perfume for her best friend in the world, Hefner her Spoodle. With over 25 years’ experience in the beauty industry and a deep love for dogs, Gilly decided to merge her passions and create this beautiful, dog-safe range of perfume and cologne with her motto in mind: "If it's good enough for humans it's good enough for my dog".
Meet Lizzie and Grace. They recently lost the love of their life and never thought their heart could be that full again. Here Lizzie tells about the wonderful new dog that they unexpectedly rescued.
Rescue From The Hart is a 501c3 non profit Los Angeles dog rescue dedicated to saving abandoned and abused animals from local shelters and the streets and ultimately finding them loving forever homes. We are known for their viral rescue videos and stories of saving severely abused/neglected dogs and giving them all they need to go on to live a happy and healthy life.
Nancy Baron has taught school, produced commercials and documentaries, and worked in creative screenplay development. She now uses her camera to document the amazing things she see in the world around her - not too far away, mostly in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs; the places where she's lived. A good friend of mine, Ross Klein, turned me on to her work.
We have always had a very hard relationship with animals in my country, Spain. Folklore, rituals and festivities have been using animals as a way to signal certain dates and have fun for a long time with the backing of the state. Bullfighting is just an example of it and a popular one, but there are many other animals who also suffer in silence our so-called sports and traditions. The Galgo is one of those cases. The Galgo been in tales and myths, by the side of kings and queens and in art history for centuries. It was a very special dog that only people of noble birth could have, but now it’s worth has changed and galgos are, after being used for the hunting season, killed in the thousands. Between 50.000 and 10.000 galgos are killed or abandoned during each hunting season in Spain.
My idea of the flying dogs and the very first series started in 2007 when I was still in school. I was inspired seeing photos of my dog Flinn in midair. He loved Frisbees and would jump after them with abandon, flying up and not caring about where (or even if) he would ever land. I began experimenting with different methods in order to capture other dogs from this unique midair perspective. It took a lot of trial and error making sure the dogs were safe and comfortable, and that we would get a great photo, but it was worth it.