Entering abandoned buildings causes an adrenaline rush. Every step into these forbidden places gives you a feeling of excitement. You are entering the world of the unknown, a world of darkness and shadows, peeled off paint and rotting wood. Your heart skips a beat as cobwebs brush your face. My Bull Terrier, Claire, photographed in a house that's been abandoned for over 10 year.
Behind the Lens Self-taught Dutch photographer Alice van Kempen (1967) was introduced to photography at a very young age. Ever since she can remember she has had a camera in her hand. Best known as a canine photographer, Alice has worked in the business for almost 30 years. She was privileged to have photographed some of dogdomâ€™s finest. Her work has been published in canine magazines and books all over the world. Next to photographing dogs she focuses on African wildlife, travel, landscape and urbex photography. Thereâ€™s always something interesting going on in Aliceâ€™s world, she enjoys traveling to new and abandoned locations often accompanied by â€˜Claireâ€™. Claire is a Bull Terrier, who doesnâ€™t see herself as a dog, she has human traits. As new ideas are constantly streaming through Aliceâ€™s brain she came up with the idea to let Claire pose as a model in abandoned buildings. This idea resulted in an ongoing series called â€œLeave only Pawprintsâ€. Urbex photography with a twist. Needless to say that light conditions are far from ideal, nonetheless Alice only makes use of existing light. Thatâ€™s were Claireâ€™s modelling skills come in, she has learned to sit absolutely still as shutter speeds of two or even four seconds are sometimes used to create these photographs.