Top 10 of my 2019 dog photographs
This year has been very emotional, thanks to many trips and meetings. 2019 is the year when I found my way, it’s something I thought I knew until then, but it was not. This year I discovered what made me happy, what was my universe, what I wanted to say through my dog photographs. So I decided this year to share with you my 10 best photos from this year with their stories.
10. Between the lines
June is a service dog from Os’mose – Tilff ASBL currently in training with her foster family. How can you describe her simply? She is a dog full of life who smiles at you when you come to pet her.
Indeed, she is a Golden Retriever with immaculate hair. This place is somewhere in the big station of Liège, this white matched perfectly with June. It only took a second for her to turns the head, then she ran at full speed on us, this scene did not escape my eye and my camera.
9. The wonderful creature of the forest
“I will never tire of your purity, your tranquility and your mysteries, I like to travel you, discover you, forget the world around. My imagination has no limits in your heart, I listen to my instinct and draw my own painting in your light, your bark and your leaves. I let myself be guided in this infinity of possibilities. “
Isil is a Border Collie with hypnotic eyes, she knows how to capture attention, and requires a lot of love! This photo was taken in Haute Savoie, in a forest not far from Charline’s home, a talented photographer in wildlife photographer. At the beginning, I just wanted Isil to sit on this cut trunk, but in the end she preferred to collapse while fixing her human, ready to pounce.
8. Forest Spirit
A somewhat special photo session in Belgium this morning in September. While the sunlight barely pierced the forest, the silence transported us to a mysterious atmosphere. The mist that escapes from our breaths brings an additional feature in the freshness of these woods.
This fascination for forests gave me once again the opportunity to take a photo to which I attach great importance. Its light, its emotion, its mystery, essential elements for a successful photo.
7. Reveal yourself
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but sometimes we observe the closed one for so long that we cannot see the one that has just opened to us.” Helen Keller
These dogs are fascinating, they impress and give a whole new dimension to a photograph. During my stay in Belgium, I had the pleasure and the chance to be able to take some pictures in the famous Abbey of Villers. I was accompanied by some photographer friends with whom I hope to have a good time next year.
For this photograph, I asked the Kléo’s owner, Saarloos wolfdog, to take this posture, something that was not easy. But for a fraction of a second, she had her eyes riveted on her human, she was majestic, the posture of my dreams in this light coming to touch her curves and her golden eyes.
6. The Last Ray Of Light
“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality, taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
In September I returned to Belgium (I’m starting to really love this country). And of course impossible for me to avoid going back to my favorite Abbey! Everyone who knows this abbey knows this place, but I did not have the inspiration the last time to photograph here with a dog.
My dear friend Claudio Piccoli gave me a big helping hand to realize this shot, he threw the dust into this ray of light, sublimating the scene. Special thanks to the owners of this dog: El Roalito Easy Going for coming from Germany for this special session.
5. Our own way
“Photography has given me the power to reproduce scenes that I imagine in images, with poetry and emotion. In these photographs I put all my soul, my energy and my passion, but also my joys and my tears.”
What could intrigue Basile so much? I have often been asked how I made this dog look up. Quite simply, his human was perched on the window of this wall. I love this particular and mysterious atmosphere that emerges from this special light, a photo shoot that I really appreciated!
“The alliance of dogs and nature is always something fantastic for me, and often almost surreal.”
Many photographers do not like green, it is not my case. When I fell on this carpet of moss, I literally fell in love (and fell in). This photograph comes from a small project that I carried out in the sublime Regional Park of Vosges in France, so I called two models including Ogann, young Kelpie of only 5 months.
I was looking for something special in this place, something I may have never seen. Then, sinking a little further down the side of the path, I found this place a sign of a fairy tale. A superb trunk covered with moss, and another in the background that formed this grand arch.
3. Illuminated by light
A magical and unexpected place where the light of the sunset embraces the river and its rocks covered with moss. An instant so brief, the last rays of the sun illuminate the magnificent June, proud and majestic. I would have loved to live this moment forever, to feel the freshness of the evening settle in and contemplate the magic light.
What more can be said ? This scene left me speechless. The presence of the animal, the beauty of the place, the fascinating light. Some flying insects in the background would remind us of fireflies. I ask my friend Florence to throw the ball in my direction after placing June by the stream, the instant lasted 2 seconds, and only one image could be successful before the ball lands in the water, creating huge flares.
A moment of silence, this moment when I wonder if I got the shot, or not. I remain speechless when I see this single successful photo of this scene impossible to recreate again.
2. Castle of Glass
“Can you feel the cold around you, can you see that you are surrounded by walls, even the loudest screams are not able to pierce the deep ice that encloses their hearts and souls.”
This photograph aroused curiosity, mystery. Where could this photo have been taken? It is actually an ice cave located in Switzerland. The Rhône glacier (Rottengletscher in German) is located at the northeast end of the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Like most alpine glaciers, it has declined considerably since the middle of the 19th century. We took the road to the Furka pass, a magnificent view will await you at the top if you go there.
For this photograph, I wanted Laos to look sideways, however I was alone and no noise around to get his attention. So I positioned my phone in a hole in the wall of ice with kitten meows, foolproof.
1. Infinite lavenders
This photograph is the one that made me open my eyes to what I wanted to accomplish in dog photography. It was taken during the wonderful blooming lavender of Valensole in France where I went to take a few holidays.
Why did this photo inspire me so much? To start, it’s because it’s my adorable Laos dog, serenely posing among the flowers. He has inspired me a lot since I adopted him in March 2018, but I had never liked a photo of him so much. What is he thinking about? What is he looking at? I did not think that capturing this simple moment would have released such a pure emotion. Afterwards, I decided to see dog portraits differently.