With the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show coming up May 24-28, innovative retailers in London have been pulling out the stops at their flagship stores with serious wow-factor florally inspired window displays. One of our faves was this canine themed one by Ted Baker, featuring the Queen’s beloved Corgi’s out front. Very cool. Oh and the Jo Malone one also featured in this article is superb too! www.houndworthy.com
Poetry in motion indeed. We love watching these beautiful creatures doing what they do, because they can, because it’s fun, and because they trust their humans to catch them on the way down. Gorgeous. www.houndworthy.com
Halloween has always been a big deal in North America… you can be sure that in every self-respecting neighbourhood at least one over-enthusiastic household is gonna go to town with their haunted house decorations. Carved pumpkins have always provided a canvas for ghoulish creativity but nowadays, even a superbly executed Jack Skellington jack-o-lantern isn’t going to cut it in the wow-factor stakes.
Candle lit skulls have always been popular but in recent years, full sized human skeletons have started to appear in increasingly bizarre (and fun) front yard displays. It was only a matter of time before our trusty canine companions made an appearance…
…and just how friggin’ cool are these!?!?!? Now a visit to your local CostCo (or Amazon online) means one of these freakishly realistic little critters can be yours, forever (and ever and ever).
The opportunities for smile-inducing scene setting is endless. Here are a few of the best ones we could find with a quick hunt around the ‘net.
Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Or even a dead dog for that matter…
If you like taking pics of your mutt, this one’s for you! Dogs have been a part of British society for as long as British society has existed. In fact, the relationship between humans and companion animals stretches back tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years. Some theorize it was our relationship with the domesticated wolf that was what enabled us to dominate and evolve beyond the competing neanderthals umpteen million years ago.
Last week we received a copy of Pets In Portraits, a book by former National Portrait Gallery Curator Robin Gibson, created in partnership with The National Portrait Gallery in London. This collection of over 80 portraits all featuring animals, tells the remarkable stories of the subjects in each image and gives some insight to the value of the human-pet bond throughout history.
From King Edward VII (pictured above with his terrier Caesar) to John Brown, Queen Victoria’s ghillie and personal servant who was “hated by most of the Royal Family and despised by the court for his courseness and rudeness…” (top image) the book takes you on a visual journey of colourful personalities and the canine companions that were always by their side.
Yes, we know it has two cats on the cover, but don’t let that put you off! The rest of the book is pretty good. From Airedale terriers, to pugs to mastiffs and collies, it’s a fascinating read about the hounds that lived with so many notable characters down through the ages. We are also pretty sure some high quality dog treat action was employed to keep easily distracted dogs still for these sittings. Trust us, we know a thing or two about photographing mental canines.
The book is available through the National Portrait Gallery shop or online at www.npg.org.uk/shop. If you’re chomping at the bit to see some dogs doing dog things, with dog people, portrait style or otherwise… head on over to our Instagram pronto!
Fancy getting involved? The National Portrait Gallery is hosting a competition for contemporary Pets in Portraits. Join in by posting a picture of you and your pet (we recommend a dog!) then tag it @NPGLondon on Twitter or @nationalportraitgallery on Instagram with hashtag #petsinportraits. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the Gallery to see their pictures displayed at the launch party. Entries close April 8. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rumourpr.com for details.