I can't stop smiling when I look at Julie Christe's book Flying Dogs
What gave you this idea photo the dogs this way?
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.
A few years later, I got the opportunity to produce a set of flying dogs photos for a vet product. The photos ended up going viral. Then I was lucky enough to get a book deal, which meant photographing a lot more flying dogs and sharing them with more dog lovers. Flying Dogs/Simon and Schuster came out on October 18.
How long did the project take?
It took me three weekends to produce the series of flying dogs, but a lot of time went into perfecting the method before that.
Whose dogs did you shoot?
Everybody’s and anybody’s dog. I talked to people on the streets in Berlin, asked vets and went into dog schools to find my dogs.
Do you have your own dog?
It seems I always have a dog. There’s Lucca, who was the original inspiration for the flying dogs photos in 2006. These days I have two dogs- Flinn and Turre, both are in the book.