I was shooting these flowers and Elsa had to know what I was doing. Beautiful.
I'm around a lot of dogs and when I don't have my camera on me I can get a bit antsy. Why? Because I see beautiful images all the time. It can be an instant, a fraction of a moment in time but a powerful image. Seeing images doesn't come naturally to everyone. Having been a long time dog trainer, I was already watching, watching their every move and reading their body language.
Sometimes I walk into a canine situation and see it immediately. Not all dogs have expressive faces but they all have heart and heart is what I try to shoot. If you are a long time reader of my blog then you have read before that I am not a posing type photographer. You know, the smile for the camera type. I see these photos often, even with a dog and their owner and they leave me feeling empty. Nothing shared, no connection, just nothing. They actually give me anxiety as well because I know what could have been with just a different approach.
A connection image is amazing, it can be two dogs, a dog and a cat, a dog and a human but the commonality is the connection.
Often the best, most powerful images are just a slice of life. Lifestyle photography is one of my favorite forms, there is art is so much around that we miss on a daily basis. We need to stop and smell the roses more often, look around and see.
Sparky written all over this ball of energy
Much said in a simple connection
This is one of my all time favorite images, it says so much.
Powerful even when asleep
I will often kick myself for not having my camera when I see a face, a face that I really want to photograph. Like people, some dogs just have a great face. Very expressive, soulful eyes, a scruffy beard or just a look. Some dogs never have to do anything but stand their, they art already. Art is a very personal thing. I have been asked before in a sort of unbelievable tone "really? just dogs?" Of course my answer is yes, dogs; they are amazing. I work with just dogs, sometimes an owner sneaks in which I love but as far as my work, it's just and their connection.
I do love to photograph other things around me as well. Pretty much anything that catches my eye, I never stop seeing images. But my eye is always more apt to see a dog image. You also know that my dogs are shot a lot. Even now I am mad at myself for not having my camera. Elsa is curled up around Luke with the most angelic face. If I get up at this point the image will be gone.
Seeing an image simply needs a watchful eye and experience. Knowing what can create a moving image and what does not. The more you watch, the more you will see. But like all art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What I think is an amazingly beautiful photo may not be what you would consider a good shot at all. It is very, very personal. Sometimes a beautiful piece of canine art is represented by beautiful scenery with a dog in the far distant. Still and amazing piece of work but not filled with a dog. Other beautiful canine images can be just that, a dog. A whole frame filled with just one very close up dog. It is all different, we are all different and obviously my passion is dogs. Capturing is a luxury that I have been given and which fuels my passion even further.