A noble doberman meets our gaze through a gap in a frothy arrangement of pink and creamy white peonies. A smooth-haired dachshund with floppy ears and inquisitive eyes perches in front of a trio of tall sunflowers. A pair of whippets stand alert, their heads turned in unison, a profusion of potted plants around them. Clemens Schneider’s photographs feature a vast array of flora—and centre stage, our four-legged friends striking a pose.
Every year, the Vienna-based photographer and artist celebrates the arrival of spring with a series of portraits of animals with fresh flowers. The compositions range from minimalist to maximalist, with one dog touching noses with a single white rose, and another surrounded by pink lilies and velvety irises. Some shots are more candid than others: a fox terrier seems nonchalant before by a fluffy cloud of gypsophila, while a caramel-coloured spaniel balances on its hind legs beside some foxgloves.
The pets appear on stark white plinths like bronze and marble sculptures in a museum. The aim, says Schneider, is both to tell a story and to raise up our ‘beloved animals’ by putting them on a pedestal. ‘We love animals and flowers and want to photograph pets like they deserve it.’ Blossoming.
We are thrilled to introduce Dog-Friendly, a collection of city guides for dog-loving people, created together with our long-time contributor, photographer Winnie Au, and fellow enthusiasts, indie publisher Hoxton Mini Press. Available for purchase here.
August 25, 2021
Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a celebration of pup and pop culture for music and dog lovers alike.
August 25, 2020