LIT­TLE KIDS & THEIR BIG DOGS

Pho­tog­ra­pher Andy Se­liv­er­stoff cap­tures the joy and mu­tual con­fi­dence between...

Reader's Digest International - - Contents - TEXT AND PHOTOS BY ANDY SE­LIV­ER­STOFF FROM THE BOOK LIT­TLE KIDS AND THEIR BIG DOGS

Andy Se­liv­er­stoff’s pho­to­graphs cap­ture the joy and mu­tual con­fi­dence in the re­la­tion­ship.

IN HIS WORK pho­tograph­ing dog shows in Rus­sia and across Europe, Andy Se­liv­er­stoff has ac­cess to many gor­geous dogs, in­clud­ing rare breeds. He says he has learned that th­ese dogs “aren’t just beau­ti­ful on the out­side; they have amaz­ing tem­per­a­ments, and in par­tic­u­lar the large and gi­ant breeds have an in­nate gen­tle­ness that truly be­lies their stature.”

He be­came in­ter­ested in pho­tograph­ing chil­dren and dogs when friends asked him to pho­to­graph their two-year-old daugh­ter. “They showed up at the park with their Great Dane in tow,” he says. The St. Petersburg-based pho­tog­ra­pher was “blown away by the re­la­tion­ship between tiny Alice and gi­gan­tic Sean,” he says. He de­cided to in­cor­po­rate him into the shoot.

Next came a photo ses­sion with a lit­tle boy named Theodore and Ringo the New­found­land. “As with Alice and Sean, th­ese photos touched me deeply,” he says. The im­ages cap­tured the spe­cial bond between chil­dren and dogs. “It’s a con­nec­tion that doesn’t need words. Love, com­pas­sion, joy, trust, hon­esty and ac­cep­tance, to name a few, in­fuse the re­la­tion­ship. You can see it in their ges­tures, in their faces.” When he posted the photos on Face­book, he dis­cov­ered that lots of other peo­ple felt that way, too.

In his 2017 book, Lit­tle Kids and Their Big Dogs, from which the photos shown here are taken, Se­liv­er­stoff aimed to cap­ture and trans­mit the state of end­less joy and mu­tual con­fi­dence between the chil­dren and the an­i­mals. The one big mes­sage, he says, is this: “Love for dogs and chil­dren makes peo­ple kin­der.”

This page: Jay the Ridge­back dances at Dasha’s com­mand. Op­po­site, clock­wise from top left: Alice with Sean, her Great Dane; Arther and his friend Zeus, a Komon­dor; Theodore with Ringo, a New­found­land.

Lit­tle Kids and Their Big Dogs is avail­able from Ama­zon.com as well as www.revo­dana­pub­lish­ing.com.

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