Bego Antón is a Spanish photographer and journalist who works with three main themes: humans, nature and animals. At the beginning of this year she did a three month artist residency in New York and focused on the contradictory relationship humans have with animals. Some animals we love and some animals we eat, wither others we love so much that we over-humanize them. To explore this, she focused on luxury pets and covered fashion shows for dogs, beauty contests and even a dog wedding.
While exploring relationships between humans and their pets, there was something that captured her attention: Musical Canine Freestyle, which is basically people dancing with their dogs to music. In some places this is so intense that there are competitions, costumes designs and well established choreography.
It interested her so much that she travelled across the U.S. to meet some of these women and their dogs. She was welcomed into their homes, she was granted interviews, she took several pictures and she started a documentary that will be ready soon.
From all this, a project called “Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha” was born. Her goal was not to portray the competitions of the Musical Canine Freestyle but instead, to show the way they live and the bond they have with their dogs.
Antón told the New York Times: “For me, it was really important not only to show what they can do together on a team, because it’s amazing. But it was also important for me to show their relationship.”
She found that the bond they have is so strong that they are capable of understanding each other without words. In her blog she says: “They speak an invisible language and are capable of understanding each other only with their eyes and movements.”
“Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha” is a project that tells the story of women and men who dance with their dogs, as well to show dogs who dance with their humans.