Bristolian photographer Peter Thorpe has taken the idea of an annual family Christmas card to the next level with his inspired portraits of his dogs. Beginning in 1990 with his dog Paddy, Thorpe has created over 20 Christmas photographs with his dogs as the subjects.Follow Yonder Star (2006)
Throughout the years, Thorpe has always used hand-built sets and costumes to achieve the desired effect in his photographs, rather than resorting to Photoshop. Thanks to his creative set design (and a pair of very patient pooches!), the photographs have stood the test of time, and have become “something of a family tradition and a lovely record to treasure”. The Christmas cards have been a big feature in the lives of the family’s two dogs Paddy (between 1990 and 2001), and Raggle (from 2006 onwards), as well as documenting the births and childhoods of the family’s three sons.Bouncers (1993)
After Paddy passed away, the annual doggy Christmas card seemed like a thing of the past, but, according to Thorpe, “Raggle was such a natural, the tradition continued”. Due to poor health, the 2014 card was supposed to be Raggle’s last before she went into retirement, but thankfully, she was well enough to pose once again this year. On Thorpe’s website he adds that Raggle, “like a true pro, sat in position and gave a few head and eye line options before returning to her basket for another snooze!”Snappy Christmas (2014)
If you love Raggle’s Christmas antics as much as we do, you can now buy Thorpe’s photos in the form of Christmas cards on their website for £2.00 each!
Here are some more of our favourite of Thorpe’s photos:Rudolf (1990) Pigdog (1994) Christmas Getaway (1996) Lights, Camera, Action (1999) Tree Topper (2000) Choirboy (2001) Cocomutt Shy (2005) Dogkey (2007) Dog Roast (2009) While Shepherds Watched (2010) Penguin in Peril (2011) Bark Humbug (2012) Little Raggle Redbreast (2013) Santa Rescue (2015)
To see more of Thorpe’s work, visit his website here.
Featured image via Peter Thorpe.