Pass-pawt! Meet the globetrotting dog who visits abandoned places
Meet the globetrotting dog who visits abandoned places and poses for photographs.
Claire, the three-year-old bull terrier who travels the world with Dutch photographer Alice van Kempen, 48, posing for photographs in abandoned buildings.
Alice travels the world seeking out abandoned places to photograph in pursuit of her passion for urban exploring, taking her pooch as her trusted companion.
Alice said: “From day one I had a connection with Claire.
“Claire loves modelling, she really does – I’ve never seen a Bull Terrier or even another dog like her.
“She’s brilliant too – she sometimes has to sit absolutely still for seconds at a time without blinking or making the slightest movement.
“Everything about Bull terriers is unique – their egg-shaped head, the piercing glint in their coal black eyes, their strong bodies and their fun-loving attitude.”
Alice got the idea of photographing Claire after a trip to the abandoned town of Doel inspired her to take up the hobby more seriously.
“It’s not an idea that I had straight away, one day a little over two years ago I went to a ghost town in Belgium called Doel.
“It was my first introduction to urban exploring and I soon got the idea it would be interesting take photographs of Claire at these locations.
“I always feel safe with Claire at my side because I know she can protect me if it comes to that.”
Alice researches shoot locations from home, taking her time in her pursuit of the perfect image.
She said: “As for the pictures I take, preparation starts at home.
“I search for new locations on the internet and I’ve also got a list of buildings and places I want to visit.
“When I’ve decided where I want to go, I start looking at pictures taken by other photographers for a bit of inspiration.
“This is to get an idea how Claire can be photographed as sometimes I take accessories with me – I’ve got a collection of scarfs, hats, handbags, necklaces, glasses and tools.
“Finding a new location is great fun but getting inside is where the real fun starts – Claire and I have crawled underneath fences, climbed walls, jumped through windows but lots of times the door is open.”
Alice has taken her time mastering and refining her techniques but admits she’s learned more in the last two years than ever before.
She said: “Once we’re inside we check the building from top to bottom and I always start photographing the best spot in the house first.
“This type of photography is totally different to what I’m used to do but I’ve learned more about photography in the last two years then I ever have before.”
Alice has worked as a freelance dog photographer since 1998, working for dog magazines, dogfood companies and book publishers.