In February 2012, Seth Casteel’s photos of underwater dogs stormed the Internet, taking over Facebook and Twitter for a combined 150 million views on social media sites. News outlets from National Geographic to the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, The Guardian, and countless others have featured Casteel’s work. Just in time for the holidays, Little, Brown and Company is pleased to announce the publication of award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist Casteel’s UNDERWATER DOGS (on-sale October 23, 2012), a gift book featuring stunning photographs of dogs underwater.
Underwater Dogs is a collection of more than eighty portraits, dozens of which have yet to be seen by the world. Casteel’s work is unique among pet photographers—a new way of looking at an old friend, the water lending a vibrant kind of energy that you can’t look away from. On the surface, it seems to be a simple exercise: a dog’s leap, a splash, and then a wet head surfacing with a ball, triumphant.
But beneath the water is a chaotic ballet of bared teeth and bubbles, paddling paws, fur and ears billowing in the currents. From leaping Lab to diving Dachshund, the water is where a dog’s distinct personality shines through; some lounge in the current, paddling slowly, but others arch their bodies to cut through the water with the focus and determination of a shark.
Casteel captures a new side of our old friends with vibrant underwater photography that captivates the viewer. Each image bubbles with exuberance and life, a striking reminder that even in the most lovable and domesticated dog, there are more primal forces at work. In Underwater Dogs, Seth Casteel gives playful and energetic testament to the rough-and-tumble joy that our dogs bring into our lives.
About the Author: Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer with a passion for working with animals. His series of underwater dog photographs has brought him worldwide attention, entertaining and fascinating millions of animal lovers. As an established member of the animal rescue community, Casteel has been recognized by Time magazine, the Today show, and the Humane Society of the United States for his efforts, and his underwater dog photographs have been featured in the New York Times, on Animal Planet, and in hundreds of other outlets. He is based in Los Angeles and Chicago and is the proud “dad” to two dogs, Nala the Mini-Labradoodle and Fritz the Norwich Terrier.