Wet Dogs Shaking It

Photographer Carli Davidson’s new book Shake was inspired by her jowly French Mastiff named Norbert, who is always shaking his big head and flinging drool everywhere. “It was during one of those moments when I was cleaning that I was like, ‘Oh man, I wonder what this actually looks like–what it looks like when he is shaking his head,’” Davidson tells Co.Create. The result was awesome.
Davidson started with a friend’s French Mastiff because Norbert was camera shy. After her initial test shoot she like what she saw and lined up other dog models. She would wet the dogs down and shoot them as they shook. Her book Shake features the crystal clear photos of the wet dogs in mid-shake.
Norbert, whom Davidson describes as sensitive, was notoriously camera shy at the time, so she brought a friend’s French Mastiff into her Portland studio, got him wet, and started shooting. She liked what she saw in the test shots, lined up other dog models and ultimately put together a book called Shake, published by HarperCollins. The book features crystal clear photos of wet dogs captured in mid-shake, and the expressions on their contorted faces are hilarious. And Norbert finally relented, allowing his photographer mom to shoot him—and is included in the book.

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