Last summer, my boyfriend and I took our first visit to Kennebunkport, Maine. It’s beautiful, it’s seaside, and it’s only a 5 hour road trip from Montreal. One day, we strolled past a photography gallery, where owner and photographer Chris Becker was prepping for his exhibit entitled, “Canine Bliss”. It’s a series of shots featuring dogs in the happiest moments of head-out-the-window car riding.
Seriously, how could these not put an instant smile on your face?
What was the inspiration for Canine Bliss project? While sitting outside my gallery in Kennebunkport Maine, I had seen so many dogs pass by with their heads out the window, looking so happy. And while the economy was in the tank, wars abroad, etc it was a nice escape-if only for a few seconds.. After riding along in a car and taking pictures of a friend’s dog, I knew I was on to something. Capturing that moment in time where the dogs seemed so at bliss.
Do you have a dog? At the moment no. My fiancee and I had a whippet for almost 16 years but unfortunately time caught up with her and she passed a few years ago. Which also may be the reason why I’m doing this project. Perhaps I’m borrowing the dogs now.
We hear you might want to continue Canine Bliss here in Montreal – can people contact you? Absolutely!! Spread the word. (psst! here’s Chris’ facebook page)
Where can we find more of your stuff? While not all dog related – My website, the web, my gallery, other galleries, some high end hotels, Facebook pages, and soon in book form. More recently lawyers, dentists, etc are buying the dog pics for their offices, waiting rooms, etc.
If a road trip is in your plans this summer (perhaps with a blissful canine riding shotgun), you can also check out the 2nd annual vernissage of Canine Bliss at the source! Tell Chris Montreal Dog Blog sent ya!
(FYI – Chris would be interested in connecting with galleries who might want to show this sweet, summery exhibit in Montreal, so feel free to contact him! email@example.com)
About Photographer, Chris Becker:
Christopher Becker’s images are striking, often haunting representations of nature or cityscapes simultaneously in flux and silence; they are an exploration revealed at once in grand scale and finely detailed minutiae. The unexpected beauty of the object or the captured moment is experienced through Becker’s eyes.
Becker’s light painting work, often captured by a large format film camera, is produced during the darkness of night. Darkroom techniques are incorporated during the camera exposure itself, which can sometimes take up to 6 hours. Becker is often physically but stealthily in front of the camera, on the “canvas” during the exposure, selectively lighting his subject and/or landscape, but does not actually appear in the finished product.
Christopher Becker was born and raised in Minnesota. He received a BFA in Photography with an emphasis on Environmental Geography from Ohio University in 1992. He currently resides in Kennebunkport, Maine.