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Photographer captures superhero dogs flying through the air

Still frame of a collie flying through the air dog-happy
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An Italian photographer specialises in the capture of ‘flying’ canines. In an effort to catch a dog’s soul in its eyes, Claudio Piccoli brings drama to the everyday.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 07/12/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

It was English photographer Eadweard Muybridge who did it first: the study of animals in motion, capturing each wondrous moment of their movement, and transforming the results into photographs. 

Sr Piccoli, an international photographer specialising in action pet photos has brought 21st century technology to the game, and has produced a set of stunning images of dogs in mid-flight. 

Capturing the soul

Piccoli told The Mail his aim is always to try to capture the animal’s soul in its eyes. In his most recent snaps, dogs are photographed leaping through woodland. Previously Piccoli had pictured dogs catching Frisbees. 

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Of the recent shoot, Piccoli said, “It's important to be prepared with settings on the camera and on the field so we don't waste time with dogs since usually the first performances are the best!”

The essence of dog 

Piccoli aims to convey through the still image the dog’s love of the outdoors and of exercise. He said he hoped the latest images conveyed “how powerful dogs can be with the right motivation”. 

The first picture of a dog was taken in 1850. It was of a purebred Poodle wearing a bow in its fur and lying on a table. Our love of pictures of our best friends knows no bounds, and Piccoli’s latest endeavour is certain to go down a storm with dog lovers the world over. 

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