New Zealand Shepherds

Photographer Anderew Fladeboe Focused on the Passion and Dedication of Working Dogs

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As a long time lover of all animals, fine art photographer, Andrew Fladeboe, decided it would be a good idea to narrow his attentions to just one mammal, in order to deepen his knowledge and produce an in depth project.

‘Dogs were a natural fit because I can travel almost anywhere in the world and photograph them,’ he told us. ‘The more I researched dogs, the more I grew to love working dogs. I found the story of the working dog fascinating as they’ve been by our side for 30,000+ years.’

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His three volumes titled The Shepherd’s Realm, have seen Andrew travel to Norway, the Netherlands, Scotland, and most recently, New Zealand, as well as being awarded a Fulbright Grant, for his photography and study of working dogs in New Zealand. We asked Andrew more about his work:

The Plus: Did you know much about Shepherd dogs before starting the series?
Anderew Fladeboe:
I researched and read as much as I could, so I had a pretty good idea of how they worked and their history before I got to New Zealand. What surprised me is just how much the dogs love to work. They really live to work!

TP: Is it difficult to work with dogs?
AF:
Yes, but luckily working dogs are highly trained and easier to photograph. Patience is the key and good communication with whoever is handling the dog.

TP: What are your creative influences?
AF:
I am heavily influenced by Victorian traditions. Visually speaking I blend Romanticism with Realism. I’m interested in creating visually striking images that illicit an emotional response from the viewer. I’m also influenced by natural history dioramas, scientist-artist adventures of the 19th Century, and “the Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling.

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