Dog trainer and photographer Jess Bell has picked up traction online after releasing her new photo series, where she captures animals jumping while covered in colorful powders.
Bell, who has been specializing in "artistic animal imagery" for the past three years, was looking for new inspiration – hoping to create something striking. The concept she settled on involved borrowing friends’ dogs, whom she’d cover in colorful powder before having them jump dramatically through the air. Featured in the series are breeds including Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, German Coolies, and more.
Discussing the process of creating the images, Bell told UNILAD:
The images were created by placing colored powder on dogs owned by some very talented dog training friends (and my own dog). We then asked the dogs to move and capture the resulting explosion. Each image is unique as it reflects each animals’ individual movement and structure. Don’t worry, the powder is non-toxic (FD&C/D&C approved), we shoot with plenty of ventilation and it’s kept away from airways so nothing is inhaled.
Animals keep us humble! They’re not always predictable, nor do they have long attention spans. I think photographing any subject comes with its own unique set of challenges; I’ve grown accustomed to the challenges animals present. I have plenty of patience, and know when to scrap an idea if it’s not working.
Bell credits the “wonderful work” of Andrea Zachrau as the inspiration behind the photo series. Zachrau is known for her creative and colorful images of equestrians.
Of her favorite from the series, Bell ultimately landed on the photograph of Border Collie Rush jumping with red powder. “Black, white and red is a killer color combination, and I love how powerful his jump is” she said.