Fun Photography with a Bull Terrier

Newly divorced Brazilian artist Rafael Mantesso was left with an empty, white-walled house. All he had to keep him company was Jimmy Choo, his trusty bull terrier. When Rafael started to draw and paint again, he found Jimmy to be more than just by his side. Jimmy filled the frame, “posing” for a number of shots that are sure to give you a chuckle.

“Although it’s really messy when I’m photographing him, he obeys me,” Mantesso said.


“I had just divorced my ex wife, who took all the furniture in the house and the house was completely empty and white. The only thing I had was Jimmy and an empty white house.”


“I had a pitbull when he was younger and he died early. Then, I always dreamed of having a bull terrier.”


“I think they are an amazing breed – behavior, personality, the love they demonstrate to their owner, and especially their aesthetics.”


“He is definitely my best friend and companion. I hate it when people turn away or cross the street for fear of him – people think bull terriers and pit bull dogs are murderers and bloodthirsty.”


“I love to paint and draw, but recently I went back to do that. For now it is a hobby, draw, illustrate and paint using objects in my daily life. I already have some requests for screens, photos and am starting to think about making it work. We will see.”



His perfect angel.


Awww – who wouldn’t want to hug that?


Dog version of beer goggles.


Somebody’s ready for a walk.


More like how the artist feels – stabbed in the back, yet still a king inside.


Or, ok, more like a deity actually…


Comin’ to getcha!


The shot that started it all – he’s here to lend a helping paw.


By Hannah Jones

Hannah is a Manchester based writer who has spent many years studying and working in the field of journalism and psychology. Hannah enjoys swimming, meditation and dog walking. Her favourite quote is, 'If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.'