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Two Photographers Travel from Louisiana to Participate in Double Decker

Two photographers traveled from Louisiana to be in the Double Decker Arts Festival, presented by Caterpillar.
Two photographers traveled from Louisiana to be in the Double Decker Arts Festival, presented by Caterpillar.

At the 21st annual Double Decker Arts Festival, presented by Caterpillar, there is a booth called Swamp Dog and Friends featuring individualistic pictures of dogs in Louisiana.

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Swamp Dog and Friends is located on 831 Royal Street in New Orleans. The photographers are Robin Bell and her business partner is Jennie Alexandry. All photographs are taken on location in Louisiana and most of the dogs photographed are rescue dogs. They have also recently begun taking pictures of the dogs in famous bars and restaurants in New Orleans.

Swamp Dog and Friends came a few years ago, and have come twice before to Double Decker. And they love it.

“Everyone in Oxford is always so friendly and nice, and the town is beautiful,” said Robin Bell.

During Double Decker they are selling a number of different sizes that people can purchase including prints available and framed prints. The frames are recycled and handcrafted wood. Price ranges for the prints are usually $55 and the framed pieces can go up to $425. They will be giving show specials during the festival.

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Robin Bell and Jennie Alexandry have been taking pictures of dogs since 2006. The idea rose when they were out one day and needed a wooden boat picture for an upcoming show. The only boat they could find was a funny blue color. They went out to the lake and drug it behind air boat, tied it to some trees. The owners of the discovered boat had rescued a dog named Shiloh that they left home while heading out. Meanwhile, Robin noticed the dog was swimming to the boat and then the dog jumped in! So they started taking pictures.

The photos turned out well, and when brought to the show, people overwhelmingly responded to their message. Their photographs are personal and sentimental, especially since many people lost their dogs to Hurricane Katrina.

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Robin Bell said, “It’s sweet to connect to people and the photos give the dogs everlasting life.”

During the Double Decker festival, Jennie Alexandry said, “It’s been really busy today! We’ve already seen a lot of dogs and “swamp dog” wanna bes!”

For more information, visit their website at www.swampdogandfriends.com.


Kelly Dwyer is a HottyToddy.com intern. She can be reached at kmdwyer@go.olemiss.edu.

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