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Underwater Dogs Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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Seth Casteel's photographs are "a global phenomenon." -- Wired
"Surprising and funny." -- New York Times
"A great coffee table book." -- The Huffington Post
"These pictures are amazing and sometimes terrifying." -- The New York Times Book Review's "Inside the List"
"The arresting portraits in Seth Casteel's Underwater Dogs reveal what's happening below the surface. Teeth gnashing, paws paddling, primal and hilarious, these canines bubble with irresistible energy." -- O, The Oprah Magazine
"Seth Casteel's photos of dogs diving into swimming pools in hot pursuit of neon tennis balls have been a sensation." -- Washington Post
"Wide-eyed, wet-haired dog portraiture." -- Los Angeles Times
"The gorgeous, energetic snapshots are special in that they capture our pets in a primal state we rarely get to see." -- Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life
"Different from anything you've seen before." -- CNN.com
"Alternately gorgeous and terrifying, but always visually sumptuous." -- Entertainment Weekly
"It's impossible to look at Underwater Dogs without smiling.... A delight-inducing book." -- BookPage
"Every image in this fetching work bubbles with life, reminding the reader that even in the most lovable and domesticated dog, there may be more primal forces at work." -- Publishers Weekly
"The most popular photography book of 2012." -- The San Francisco Chronicle
"If you're as much of a sucker for great animal photos as I am, you'll love this different take on man's best friend." -- Melanie Stetson Freeman, Christian Science Monitor
"Alternately humorous, rejuvenating, and even a little scary, these pictures of man's best friend in man's most essential liquid make us wonder why someone didn't think of taking pictures like this sooner." -- Complex.com
"Award-winning photographer Casteel captures his range of subjects with great affection and the variety of expressions and acrobatic poses will keep you chuckling for hours." -- The Daily Mail
"These aqua-doggies are guaranteed to bring a smile to almost any face as they become a whimsically single-minded parade of bared teeth and whooshing paws going after the balls and other objects that Casteel tossed into his pool just before clicking away on his underwater camera." -- American Profile
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"... it's the gleeful images of dogs plunging into swimming pools, chomping after their favorite toys, that have put Casteel on the map as one of this country's premier - and innovative - pet photographers." -- petsugar.com
"Photographer Seth Casteel has done an unimaginable thing: he's created an entire photography book of dogs from an underwater perspective, and the photos are simply stunning.... Casteel is not only an animal lover but also an animal rescuer, and his genuine love of dogs shines through in his work." -- Babble Pets
"Dogs expressing their graceful and goofy selves while swimming." -- vetstreet.com
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One issue I had with this book was the layout. Some photos are centered, which means that due to the binding the photos are essentially disfigured by the layout. You can't see the whole expression of the dog, despite the fact it was enlarged around two pages for the purpose of highlighting that photo. Other photos were off-center, or covered one page, which made it much more fitting for the format.
If they would change the centering so that photos were not cut off by the binding, or bind it differently, that would improve the quality of the printing and make all the photographs equally visible.
We gravitated, of course, to the Jack Russells, since we have Jackie mix. But really, all the dogs are pretty hysterical. I don't know why except for the fact that they seem so ecstatically happy.
UNDERWATER DOGS has color from edge to edge and there's a nice mix of close-ups and a shots from a little further back. And one of the things I liked was that the text that accompanies the images rhymes.
Life's simple things
are what dogs
better than fetching
My older kids --Tween and new Teen-- grabbed this book as soon as it arrived. [Book rec'vd as a review copy in exchange for an honest review.] But I think this could be a very nice book to share with younger children who like dogs. The photos are very kid-friendly, and the rhymes make a nice read-aloud.
And the topics are different from the normal ones that come up when I read other books to youngsters. UNDERWATER DOGS gave me a chance to talk about slow and fast, relax and race, joy/happiness and uh-oh/sadness.
mom and fur-mom
A word about the layout of the book: of the 90 pictures, only 10 have the binding crease touching a dog's face. I didn't feel this was bothersome.
I wondered what the dogs looked like when they were not under water. At the back are small b&w headshots taken when the dogs were sitting pretty for the camera on dry land.
I don't know whether I will look through this book over & over again. But my life is richer now that I have seen these photos.