Friday, December 30, 2016

Big Dogs, Little Kids

OK, though they look a bit too much like Hummel Figures for me to be entirely comfortable with, these photos have an undeniable charm.  But before you go out an spend megabucks on a mega-dog, please remember that these giants commonly have a very short life-span - they will probably die when your toddler is still in elementary school, after depleting your savings with a host of veterinary problems.  And they have a very short window of time between their extended puppyhood and their extended old age.  You have been warned...

from Bored Panda and the photographer/author’s website

Andy Seliverstoff that focuses on the unbreakable bond between little children and their supersized dogs. The photographer, 58, spent four months taking thousands of pictures in St Petersburg before compiling a book from the hundred best images. Andy has been a photographer for years but he's only recently started to take it seriously. He has a particular fondness for dogs, Great Danes especially, although his canine subjects also include Briads, Newfoundlands, and Black Russian Terriers.

Through the prism of Seliverstoff’s magic lens, impossibly big dogs (Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands, Irish Wolfhounds, Tibetan Mastiffs, to name a few) and some rare ones (like Komondorok and Bracchi Italiani) telegraph the special relationships they have with the children in their lives.

"I always take plenty of time with the dog who's in front of my camera so I get to know the personality of my dog model the best I can," write the photographer on his website. "The personality and the character is unique for every individual dog. The human aspects we often recognize in our dogs are, among other things, what makes us feel so close to them. And it is this aspect I try to express in my photography." You can pre-order the book here.

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