A travel photographer has been adding toy dinosaurs to his photos in order to make each shot picture-perfect. Jorge Saenz – an Associated Press photographer who has lived in Paraguay the past two decades – started his epic travel #dinodinaseries two years ago, when he took a photo of a toy green Brachiosaurus, named Dino, in his living room.
Saenz posted the photo to Instagram, and it turned out to be an instant hit. The 57-year-old photographer quickly realized that there was something very special about adding dinosaurs to his shots, so he decided to give Dino three new friends: Spiny the Spinosaurus, Dina the Stegosaurus and Brachy, a brown Brachiosaurus who also happens to be Dino’s girlfriend.
Since his first post two years ago, Saenz has taken the toy dinosaurs – purchased at flea markets – on adventures all over Latin America, and they have been featured in all of his travel shots. He explained that the dinosaurs have their own personalities: Dino is ‘innocent’ and ‘talkative’, Dina is ‘instinctive’, Spiny has a ‘keen sense of irony’ and Brachy doesn’t always approve of her boyfriend Dino’s behavior.
The travel series has drastically increased the photographer’s following on social media, and he is currently working on a book encouraging children to pursue art. Saenz is planning to continue the #dinodinaseries, and says: “Nobody can state that in some lonely place of the planet there can’t be some adapted dinosaur, waiting for his moment to appear.”