Dogs are people too. There. I said it. I can’t resist making an image of a dog if I see one. There has always been a dog in my family, for as long as I can remember.
Dogs make great people. They love you unconditionally and never hold a grudge. No matter what type of day you’ve had, they’re always there with a wagging tail and a slobbery tongue when you get home. Five minutes, five days, or five weeks – it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been gone they get super excited to greet you when you get back. So, I like to make images of them when I see them.
The image at the top of this post shows a dog and his family walking along Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. I saw them coming and spotted the pool of water that had been left by the receding tide, so I waited for them to get into the right position to capture their reflections as well. There are actually two dogs in the image… can you see the second one?
The next two images were both made in Honfleur in Normandy. I saw the the man sitting on a fence with his dog while I was walking through the old part of town. He was just sitting there talking to his four legged friend, so it made sense to ask for a portrait. I think both boys liked the attention!
I saw the man in the left image below, sitting on the concrete bollard. I asked if I could make his portrait with his dog and he said yes, but seemed quite bewildered about why I would want a photograph of him. He wouldn’t look at the camera while I made the image, but he did smile and agree before I made it. I think he was just a little self-conscious, but I think the image works because both he and his dog are staring off into the distance, both looking in the same direction.
The face in the middle image below was spotted in Bayeux, France. He was sitting waiting with his owner and lapping up ear-rubs like there was no tomorrow. Who could resist that wonderful face? He was a great model and just sat patiently while my friends and I made photographs of him before patting and rubbing his ears as a thank-you.
The German Shepherd on the right was sitting in front of a café in Paris. I went over and made friends with him before making the photograph. He was such a friendly dog and a wonderful model! I think this breed has a bad reputation, but I don’t think that could be further from the truth. They’re great dogs and very loyal. Of course, like any dog, they can be trained to be nasty, but that’s the owner – not the breed!
Of course, Europe isn’t the only place with great dogs. The young boy in the image on the left (below) was photographed on Acland Street in St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. He was out for a family stroll and loved all the attention he was getting.
Finally, the dog on the right is “Russ” who is keeping his master Ian “Rattles” Retallack company as they travel around Australia by horse-drawn wagon while raising money for Cancer research.
Dogs make great companions. Eager to please, no prejudices and they can always bring a smile to your face.