Blow: Dogs and Fans

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Pho­tog­ra­pher Il­lona Haus cap­tures dogs' ears and fur fly­ing in windswept photo se­ries.

Is there any­thing more com­i­cally glo­ri­ous than a dog’s ears and fur fly­ing in the wind? On­tario-based an­i­mal pho­tog­ra­pher Il­lona Haus let the fur fly with her photo se­ries, Blow, show­cas­ing dogs in front of fans. In­spi­ra­tion for the project struck one hot sum­mer day as Il­lona watched her dog Mer­rick’s beau­ti­ful coat blow­ing in the breeze of a fan. Thus be­gan the search for the per­fect an­tique fan and the per­fect doggy mod­els! “When I saw my res­cue dog Mer­rick’s beau­ti­ful coat blow­ing in the draft of a fan one hot sum­mer day, it started a vi­sion,” she says. “I im­me­di­ately got to work, find­ing and re­con­di­tion­ing an an­tique fan and se­cur­ing the mod­els that would bring the project to life.”

As a full-time pro­fes­sional pet pho­tog­ra­pher, find­ing the mod­els was

the easy part, with many of Il­lona’s ex­ist­ing clients tak­ing part. The per­fect fan, how­ever, took much longer to find and ended up sidelin­ing the project for sev­eral months. The wait was worth it, though, as the bright yel­low ap­pli­ance that ap­pears in ev­ery shot is the per­fect co-star. Over the course of a year, Il­lona shot all kinds of dogs, from Chi­nese Crest­eds to Afghan Hounds, Cock­apoos, and mystery mixes. All in all, the project was al­most three years in the mak­ing, but the re­sponse has made it all worth­while. The se­ries, which quickly went vi­ral, has been fea­tured ev­ery­where from Bored Panda and Cheezburger to the Daily Mail. “I’ve ab­so­lutely loved hearing from view­ers and pas­sion­ate dog lovers from all across the world, from Eng­land, the US and Aus­tralia, to all across Europe, Ja­pan, Thai­land and be­yond!” Il­lona tells us. “Fol­low­ers of Scruffy Dog on Face­book still send me cell phone shots of mag­a­zine spreads or ar­ti­cles from the Blow se­ries. So fun!”

When I saw my res­cue dog Mer­rick’s beau­ti­ful coat blow­ing in the draft of a fan one hot sum­mer day, it started a vi­sion.

Pet pho­tog­ra­pher Il­lona Haus and her muses

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