julia christe's freestyle series captures leaping dogs in mid-air julia christe's freestyle series captures leaping dogs in mid-air
nov 13, 2014

julia christe's freestyle series captures leaping dogs in mid-air

julia christe’s freestyle series captures leaping dogs in mid-air
all images courtesy of julia christe

 

 

 

here on designboom, we’ve seen underwater puppies, sushi cats and rainbow colored sheep. now, adding to our animals in art news, is german photographer julia christe’s ‘freestyle series’ comprising a collection of pooches playfully leaping in the air. each of christe’s images bears a uniquely comical and whimsical quality — a pint-sized pomeranian gleefully soars into the air, fur goes flying and ears wildly flap in space. solid grey backgrounds deliver a straight-forward, high-contrast result where the humorous expressions of each pup can be clearly experienced, their hovering bodies seemingly floating in the frame.

julia christe's freestyle series captures leaping dogs in mid-air
a pint-sized pomeranian gleefully soars into the air

julia christe's freestyle series captures leaping dogs in mid-air
a chocolate brown komondor breed jumps, while its long hair flaps in around it

julia christe's freestyle series captures leaping dogs in mid-air

julia christe's freestyle series captures leaping dogs in mid-air

julia christe's freestyle series captures leaping dogs in mid-air

julia christe's freestyle series captures leaping dogs in mid-air
the pups caught mid-air seemingly float within the frame

julia christe's freestyle series captures leaping dogs in mid-air
the dogs ears are suspended mid-air above its head

julia christe's freestyle series captures leaping dogs in mid-air
a spotted dog soars into the air
 

  • Those look like tossed dogs, not leaping dogs, to me.

    Danno says:
  • I have to agree, Danno. And they don’t appear to be enjoying it, either.

    Rowena says:
  • I agree with Danno… these dogs look scared, which would imply that they were tossed, not that they jumped on their own.

    ashley says:
  • Tossed for sure. Dogs generally don’t leap around like that. A bit mean to make ‘art’ by scaring animals shitless.

    Peter says:
  • The “Chocolate Brown Komondor is NOT a Komondor. It’s a “Puli” 🙂 http://puliclub.org/

    Cricket says:
  • More than “a bit” mean . . . Perverse and self-serving. And who wrote that copy? These are not whimsical, comical, or gleeful images.

    Cassandra says:
  • Lovely purebred dogs. Not crazy about the way this may have been done. I have seen dogs (including mine) leaping like that to get to a ball or frisbee.
    I would like to see correct identification of the breed in each image, though. At least respect the dogs enough to identify them correctly: Afgan Hound; Pomeranian; Puli (NOT Komondor);Newfoundland(?): Bearded Collie; Australian Shepherd; Springer Spaniel(?); English Setter (?)

    kat says:
  • Look at the dogs’ eyes, there is no joy there just apprehension. Poor dogs.

    Josie says:
  • That’s not a “chocolate brown Komondor” – that’s a Puli. Different breed, different size, different color. Even has a different job. Please do your breed research before making a fool of yourself next time you mistreat dogs just for the “fun” of taking pictures.

    Heather says:
  • That’s not a “chocolate brown komondor breed” – that’s a Puli. Neither is that just a “spotted dog” at the end – that’s an English Setter. A “spotted dog” is a Dalmatian. In both cases – different breed, different size, different color. Even have different jobs. Please do your breed research before making a fool of yourself next time you mistreat dogs just for the “fun” of taking pictures.

    And in case you’re interested, these breeds, in order, are:
    Afghan hound
    Pomeranian
    Puli
    Old English sheepdog
    Alaskan malamute
    Border collie
    English springer spaniel
    English setter

    Heather says:
  • Despite any tossing or leaping or what kind of breed these dogs are: It’s a very old thing, here’s a music video from Pleix from 2009: http://vimeo.com/4182352 (great video btw :D)

    Hans says:
  • Saw some of these in The Guardian. The dogs were dropped by their owners from a safe height onto a mattress, with a wind machine blowing.

    brigg says:
  • My Pomeranian, while capable of getting some air, doesn’t get THAT kind of air, and doesn’t look terrified about being dropped when she does launch herself.

    Kema says:
  • Brigg .. it isnt a safe height if it scares the dog. Dogs are not cats. Cats know instinctively how to land safely on all four feet. They also don’t tense when they land. Dogs on the other hand, do not know how to land from a fall and tend to stiffen their legs on impact often resulting in back problems which will not show through until some time later. Dogs can do a controlled jump IF they are totally in control. But being dropped rear feet first is a frightening experience for any dog. They cannot see where they are going to land. They were not in control of dropping. The mattress may have been soft and perhaps none of them suffered any lower back damage from their body weight landing on top of their rear leg landing, but they were scared!!! Am shocked at owners doing this, but then no doubt they were paid the money clouded their responsibilities. As for the photographer ….. she should be ashamed. Why didnt she do this to cats … oh yes I know … a) they dont have long fur b) they wouldnt look scared and c) they would KNOW how to turn their bodies in mid air so as to land on all four feet, thus not making a good picture.

    Morgan James says:

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