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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
About the Author
Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer and the author of the national bestseller Underwater Dogs and Underwater Puppies. His series of underwater dog photographs have brought him worldwide attention, entertaining and bewildering millions of animal lovers. As an established member of the animal rescue community, Seth has been recognized by TIME Magazine, The Today Show, and The Humane Society of the United States for his efforts, and his underwater dog photographs have been featured in The New York Times, on Animal Planet, and in hundreds of other outlets. He lives in California.
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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.
Seth Casteel has put together a fascinating and revealing portfolio of photographs of dogs at play ... underwater. The head-on/in-your-face pictures are quite amazing and they certainly elicit a wide range of reactions. Casteel offers a different perspective of how seriously and aggressively dogs approach the simple task of playing fetch. Wide-eyed, wide-mouthed and baring some wicked teeth, many of the dogs come across as furry sharks, sea-monsters or even aliens when shown underwater ... much different than the happy little fuzz ball flopped-out on your floor. The book certainly delivers on the author's desire to reveal the wolf-roots of the domesticated dog. Adding to the book's appeal, Casteel doesn't settle on presenting readers a predictable portfolio of "water-dogs" (Retrievers)... Bulldogs, Dachshunds and even a Chihuahua are among those breeds represented. The best part of UNDERWATER DOGS, however, is the final chapter that has out-of-the-water "mug-shots" of all the dogs photographed throughout the book ... talk about Jekyll and Hyde.
UNDERWATER DOGS is a great book that will surely generate smiles, chuckles and quite a few "OMGs!"; A must-have for dog lovers.
It is such an original idea to photograph dogs in the water from within the water. I have never seen anything like it. I bought the book for my father who shares my love of dogs and is in a nursing home. I am ordering the calendar for myself and perhaps for him, too.
It is true that the book could have been put together better so that one picture wouldn't be spread across two pages, making it hard to see the dog's face in that particular shot. But, it is such a fantastic, original idea and is so well done otherwise that I am still giving it five stars.