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The Shepherd's Realm | Photographer: Andrew Fladeboe

The Shepherd's Realm | Photographer: Andrew Fladeboe | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

For The Shepherd’s Realm: Volume III, photographer Andrew Fladeboe captures New Zealand’s courageous working dogs, tracing the historical threads that connect them to the verdant farms and steep hills of the country’s South Island.

 

Fladeboe has dedicated the last few years of his career to chronicling the millennia-long bond fostered between man and dog. Canines, he explains, have been by our side for more than 30,000 years, ensuring not only our prosperity but also our survival. In New Zealand in particular, herding dogs have been a crucial part of the cultural landscape since border collies emigrated from Scotland during the 19th century, and until fifty years ago, the sheep industry was New Zealand’s leading enterprise.

 

The artist explains that although working dogs are rarely petted or allowed inside, they do share a close friendship with the farmers who have trained them. Herding dogs are most often border collies of huntaways, a breed native to New Zealand, and they are bred and raised to be deeply in tune with the farmers. They can comprehend seven whistled commands and often can anticipate the wishes of the shepherd with whom they work side-by-side.

 

 

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Dogs in Cars | Photographer : Martin Usborne

Dogs in Cars | Photographer : Martin Usborne | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Martin Usborne lives in central London where he has his photographic studio. He started his photographic career after a number of years working as a creative director in children’s TV. Before that he studied psychology at Edinburgh University and then animation at Glasgow School of Art.

Of this work, MUTE: the silence of dogs in cars’, he writes, ‘I was once left in a car at a young age. I don’t know when or where or for how long, possibly at the age of four, perhaps outside Tesco’s, probably for fifteen minutes only. The details don’t matter. The point is that I wondered if anyone would come back. It seems trivial now but in a child’s mind it is possible to be alone forever. Around the same age I began to feel a deep affinity with animals – in particular their plight at the hands of humans. I remember watching TV and seeing footage of a dog being put in a plastic bag and being kicked. What appalled me most was that the dog could not speak back. It’s muteness terrified me. I should say that I was a well-loved child and never abandoned and yet it is clear that both these experiences arose from the same place deep inside me: a fear of being alone and unheard. Perhaps this is a fear we all share at some level, I am not sure. The images in this series explore that feeling, both in relation to myself and to animals in general.

‘When I started this project I knew the photos would be dark. What I didn’t expect was to see so many subtle reactions by the dogs: some sad, some expectant, some angry, some dejected. It was as if upon opening up a box of grey-coloured pencils I was surprised to see so many shades inside’.

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Le chien paria, cette réincarnation des voleurs | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter

Le chien paria, cette réincarnation des voleurs | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

On s’habitue difficilement à la présence de ces chiens errants qui, comme les vaches ou porcs, infestent la voie publique où ils tolèrent à peine les passants obligés de leur céder le pas. Dans toutes les ruelles, sur les saillies des façades bleues, on les aperçoit quotidiennement par groupes de trois ou quatre couchés en rond.

 

Le jour, assommés par la chaleur, ils se la coulent douce comme des couleuvres au soleil, se laissant plutôt fouler aux pieds que de se lever. Il faut les contourner sans se faire mordre en priant le dieu Ganesh qu’ils n’aient pas la rage. La nuit, dès le crépuscule jusqu’à l’aube, ils reprennent goût à la vie et gare aux promeneurs solitaires comme bibi qui tenterait le Diable pour faire des photos…

 

Je savais que je croiserai en chemin des vaches mais je ne m’attendais pas à découvrir autant de chiens SDF. Pourtant mes lectures préalables sur le Rajasthan m’avait mis en garde sur le fléau canin mais c’est tout moi ça : lors de mes voyages je m’incline difficilement à présager le pire, à ne pas céder à la paranoïa du danger toujours imminent.

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Serge Bouvet, French press photographer. Serge Bouvet is a Paris based Photographer and artist who lives, works and enjoys the fast paced lifestyle of the most important city in the world. Serge Bouvet specializes in editorial and   travel  photographs. He also has a passion for shooting still life and products and has been known to shoot highly stylized and creative portraits.

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