Image 2A. Portraits of people and their dogs.
Image 2B. Flat-coated retriever society of America.
The triptych in image 2A by Max Mollon (PSL Research University, Paris) shows
three dog owners interacting with their dogs of various breeds in very similar living-room
contexts and poses, with soft indoor lighting. The images are a reflection on different human-canine communication styles for a project to design for interactivity between dogs and
humans. As surreal as these portraits and their serendipitous notions of interactivity are,
image 2B (photographer unknown) is even more surreal. It shows curator Sabrina Hauser
(SFU, Vancouver) with her dog, who is receiving an award “First Place 7–9 Years Bitch” at
a dog show. The deliberate poses and seemingly amateur bright flash add to the surrealism.
Here, these images play the roles of photo-ethnography both directly and indirectly as informant
of interaction design as well as images as serendipitous, fun, or humorous inspiration for design.