Sebastian Magnani took a great deal of pictures of dogs and their humans in a a series he called “Underdog”. Not surprisingly, most of the dogs resemble their owners, or maybe vice versa. All it took was a little bit of clever digital manipulation, a couple of wigs, and viola: a human-canine look-alike. I must admit, I’m partial to the canine versions - probably because they’re fluffier. When asked about the project, Sebastoian said: “It is undisputed that the canines not only stir emotions and interest, but also our inner most needs. Dogs are considered loyal, selfless, trustworthy, life saving, fun and proud companions in a world where these values are gradually disappearing.“
Jeremy Veach 23-year-old photographer from Washington. He is also Norm the Pug’s human. Norm doesn’t have opposable thumbs and he makes his human take all his selfies. According to Jeremy, “He loves the pictures and gets really into it, and when there is something he doesn’t like, I can tell, and I just will move on to a new idea.” Jeremy was inspired by Maddie and started taking pictures of Norm when the latter was just eight weeks old. Norm is now a year and a half old and Jeremy will continue posting his adorable mug on Instagram for his 24,000+ followers.
Emily Blincoe is a photographer from Austin, Texas. Her aptly named “Sugar Series” is basically a collection of sweets grouped by color and artfully arranged against a plain background. She said: “I really enjoy making images. Portraits tend to be my very favorite. There’s something about capturing someone just as they are/were at a particular time, I find that charming.” I guess the whole series is really just a bunch of candy portraits. I love the way she set the candy against a background of the same color. Looking at her work makes me want to check the fridge for something to nibble on.
Brenoch Adams, if his description of himself is to be believed, is inhumanly tall, a baseball player, a gifted musician, and a numerically-gifted-dog owner (his dog Toby happens to have a furry, white number ’5′ over his right eye) whose right shoulder is an eighth of an inch lower than the left. His first name means “wounded but not dead” in Gaelic. Brenoch obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Animation from the San Jose State University in California. He was hired by Nihilistic Software directly after graduation to work on the video game Conan which came out in Xbox 360 and PS3.
Mike Mitchell is an L.A.-based artist has created dramatic portraits of famous movie characters. His series entitled “The Portrait Show” was recently on display at the Mondo Gallery at Texas. It features icons such as Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill), The Joker (Tim Burton’s Batman), Dr. Emmett Brown (Back to the Future), Dorothy (Wizard of Oz), and even Quentin Tarentino (as himself). Mike describes himself as having: “a wife named Lauren, one normal cat, one cross-eyed cat, one blind cat, and a dog who isn’t normal, but does have great vision. He thinks high fives are pretty cool and he likes to spend as much time writing bio’s as it took to read this.”
Jeannette Oerlemans is a photographer from the Netherlands. Her latest series, “Dog Adventures” is a series of digitally-manipulated images featuring a pair of canines out on a day trip in the country. The series is strongly reminiscent of C.M. Coolidge’s work with dogs playing poker. Jeanette also retouches wedding, landscape, and nature photos.
Candice Sedighan is a young, up-and-coming photographer from Los Angeles, California. Thus far, her portfolio is basically a dog lovers’ dream. It’s mainly adorable snapshots of her dog Champ with an occassional portrait of her sister’s dog Pugsly thrown in. She said: “I really like to capture the true essence with dogs, which is that they’re always so happy. The time Champ and I spend together, he’s just always beaming with happiness and you can really see that through my photos.” Champ got her started in photography when she was thirteen. To date, she has taken more than 20,000 pictures of her canine buddy. She has also won around $5,000 in photography contests. Her photos have also been featured in at least three Hallmark cards.
Mahmoud Hassan lives and works in Nasr City, Egypt. One of his more recent projects is a series of images for Faber-Castell’s line of coloring pencils where various objects and animals are seamlessly fused with colored-pencil tips. All of the images are rather amusing but the one where the Dachshund’s rear end is transmorgified into a pencil tip is my favorite. The expression on the dog’s face is simply delightful. It’s as if he’s eagerly waiting for a chance to be rubbed onto a piece of paper.
Bakonyi Bence is a Hungarian photographer who is known for his strikingly crisp and realistic images with a surreal twist. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in photography at Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. In his series “Nameless”, a bunch of objects (plus a rather small dog) is captured as they fall. The whole series elicits a feeling of wonderment. Bakonyi currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.
Josh Brill graduated from Maine College of Art with a degree in New Media Design. His minimalist, geometric portraits of dogs has made quite an impact on the internet. Even limited to geometric shapes, the different dog breeds are perfectly recognizable. He has also made a similar series featuring birds. Lumadessa, Josh’s art and design label, offers limited edition art prints and design products. The label utilizes premium materials and production methods resulting in timeless works with longer display lives.