Does your dog shake its head furiously, slobber flying in all directions, and causing you to break out in laughter as his lips slaps around? Photographer Carli Davidson is an internationally acclaimed animal photographer who undertook a photographic exploration that every dog and animal lover is going to love.
Published just today, Shake is a new book of photos from Portland-based photographer Carli Davidson, using a Nikon D4 camera capable of shooting 10 frames a second and strobe lights that pause motion at 1/13,000th of a second, she caught split seconds when dogs’ necks twisted, their ears lifted, their eyes rolled and, of course, when spittle or water spattered everywhere.
Carli’s ability to capture the expressiveness of animals is exhibited magnificently in this amazing series of photographs of man’s best friend.
The idea behind Shake came to Davidson after countless hours of having to clean her dog Norbert’s saliva off of the walls after he would go through his own shaking ritual.
“I always had these kind of jowly dogs and I’d have to clean their slobber off the walls,” she told The Huffington Post. “Once a month I’d look at the white surfaces in my house and say ‘that’s gross, I have to clean Norbert’s drool.'”
Davidson said a few friends and animal rescue organizations pitched in to get a few shake-happy dogs to her studio in Portland, Oregon and she uploaded a few shots to the Internet in 2011.
Thus was born the photo series, viral Internet fame and, ultimately, Shake Book that is packed full of adorable high-speed photos of different dogs mid-shake. Norbert obliged. Looking at the resulting images, Davidson laughed. So did everyone she showed.
“I had people writing me from all over the world, telling me how much they enjoyed the series,” Davidson says.
Davidson said she was attracted to the bizarre, split-second reaction when our pets shake, what she calls the “moment dogs turn into monsters.” The amusing portraits seem to transform ordinary pets into strangely distorted animals right out of a cartoon.
“I think that unfamiliarity is always a little bit scary and a little bit funny,” she said.
The photographs are presented in pairs to capture the stop-motion effect behind the photographs, drawing inspiration from the landmark Eadweard Muybridge film of a horse running.
To accompany the book Davidson also teamed up with the folks over at Variable to make a slow motion montage of numerous dogs shaking and rolling their heads. That’s two whole minutes of glorious HD drool. Shake features a total of 130 high speed photos of 61 dogs, some of which are also available as prints.
Known for her candid and heartfelt portraits of pets and wildlife, Davidson first began photographing animals while working with the animal care team at the Oregon Zoo, reports ThisIsColossal.
However, the 32 year-old New York native and daughter of an art director, says she isn’t sure how young she was when she took her first pictures. She has some, however, she shot at age 5.