Claire is just three years old but that doesn’t stop her from going on incredible adventures. For just over two years, Claire has visited abandoned prisons, military bases, coal mines, trains, planes, monasteries, churches, hospitals, and farms across Europe to capture extraordinary photographs. Oh yeah, and Claire is a bull terrier.
She travels with her human, Alice van Kempen, and poses as a model in all the abandoned places they find together.
Alice sets the scene for her photography: ‘My footsteps echo throughout the empty hall, the doors are all closed. I open the door, the one at the end of the hall. Wow, this exceeds my wildest expectations – lots of decay, an old pram, beautiful wallpaper and an old bird cage. Perfect, just perfect. But even more surprises wait for us behind closed doors.
‘Up till now she’s been dead silent; she knows she can’t make any noise as that might make our presence known. But now she shows a little excitement, it’s time to do her job. Time to do what she loves the most – posing as a model. Her name is Claire, she’s my favourite model, my muse’.