Claire is just three years old but that doesn’t stop her from going on incredible adventures. For just over two years, Claire has visited abandoned prisons, military bases, coal mines, trains, planes, monasteries, churches, hospitals, and farms across Europe to capture extraordinary photographs. Oh yeah, and Claire is a bull terrier.
She travels with her human, Alice van Kempen, and poses as a model in all the abandoned places they find together.
Alice sets the scene for her photography: ‘My footsteps echo throughout the empty hall, the doors are all closed. I open the door, the one at the end of the hall. Wow, this exceeds my wildest expectations – lots of decay, an old pram, beautiful wallpaper and an old bird cage. Perfect, just perfect. But even more surprises wait for us behind closed doors.
‘Up till now she’s been dead silent; she knows she can’t make any noise as that might make our presence known. But now she shows a little excitement, it’s time to do her job. Time to do what she loves the most – posing as a model. Her name is Claire, she’s my favourite model, my muse’.
And what a muse she is! Check out all of Claire and Alice’s adventures over on Instagram and Facebook.
(Via: Lost At E Minor)
While a snapshot of an adorable animal on the Internet isn’t anything new, there’s something very special about this particular pup—he resembles one of the greatest comic book villains we all love to hate. This past week, Redditor Nat_El spotted a 2-month-old Great Pyrenees/Shepherd mix on the Humane Society of Tampa Bay Facebook page with the caption, “Why so serious, Facebook? It’s time to turn that frown upside down and start the new year off with a permanent grin, puppy style!” After taking a quick glance at the accompanying photo, it quickly became apparent that the cute canine looks just like The Joker from Batman and, right away, the photo had to be shared on Reddit. Naturally, Redditors agreed, turning the pup into an overnight Internet celebrity.
With a black, frown-like marking on his snout, Joker (the dog’s actual name) won over many people’s hearts and one Redditor even scrambled to adopt him—but it was too late. Before long, the pup’s villainously adorable appearance helped secure him a loving home.
(Via: My Modern Met)
Christian Vieler, a 45-year-old photographer from Waltrop, Germany, has been shooting fun photos of dogs for the past three years. He initially got into pup portraiture completely by accident: He bought a camera in 2012, and wasn’t quite sure how to use it, so, he shot a picture of a dog to figure it out.
“I took my first [photo of a dog] as a simple flashlight and shutter speed test in my studio,” Vieler told The Huffington Post. “But after I got the first funny results, I started asking every client that came to my studio with a dog if I could shoot them.”
He then started uploading the images to a Facebook page he called “Fotos Frei Schnauze.” The page eventually garnered more than 50,000 followers, who all begged for more pup photos.
These portraits of dogs trying to catch treats capture a plethora of precious puppy emotions. For instance, some dogs appear shocked or confused. Others seem joyous or sad. Then there are the hilarious few that seem so nonchalant about the snack shooting towards their snout, that they completely miss it.
“Every second dog isn’t able to catch treats,” Vieler said.
And why does Vieler think that dogs are the perfect subjects to shoot?
“Dogs never complain about a bad session,” he said. “They don’t even seem to mind as long as treats keep coming.”