Remember I wrote about my shoot with dutch dog Teun? When I discovered the design blog Desire to Inspire, I also noticed their Pets on Furniture! And that was a great opportunity to use one of my favourite shots – Teun on this beautiful blue chair. and there are some fantastic pictures of beautiful pets on beautiful furniture in beautiful houses!
I was surprised and delighted to see Bill as the poster boy on the home page of Modern Cat! I had submitted photos of him and Fluff for the “Show Me Your Teeth” day on their Facebook page – anyone could post pictures of their cats yawning, laughing and chatting. It was just a ‘for fun’ event, but it was great to see Bill showing his pearlies right there at the top of the page.
Modern Cat, by the way, is the coolest web site with the coolest and most gorgeous products for cats – Bill and Fluff and I want everything!
I had been toying with the idea to do something pet-related, but less structured than a formal shoot, for a while. I wanted to do a project that would be fun, random, spontaneous and local – and so Dogs of Sheffield was born. After all, what is more fun than a dog?
Every weekend I go and get the papers from the news agent’s nearby and whatever the time of day (occasionally it is very early), there is always someone out there walking the dog. What could be easier than taking a camera with me and asking whether I can take a picture?
There are people who do ’365′ projects; a picture for every day of the year, sometimes to a theme. My project is going to be less restrictive and more on an as-and-when basis. There are days I do a lot of work at home – like admin or post-processing – and there are days I really ought to go and get some fresh air or I need to be somewhere. What could be easier than taking a camera with me?
The only rules I have set myself are that ‘you have to be a dog and you have to live in Sheffield’ – any dog of any shape and size. I started before 9 a.m. on Sunday 15th January. It was a quiet and frosty morning and the first one I saw coming down the road was Ozzy the retired greyhound. Of the four people I asked whether I could photograph their dog, no one said no – thanks folks!
I imagine I’m going to get quite a bit of exercise in 2012 and I’ll probably visit my local park more often. I am very curious to see what dogs I’m going to meet on the streets of Sheffield and how many images I’m going to have at the end of the year. I may restrict myself to three dogs per outing as it could get a bit much otherwise. By the end of this year I should have a varied, if limited, overview of the canine residents of the north-west of the city.
I hope that, should you bump into me and my camera, you will say “yes” when I ask you if I could photograph your dog please. Who knows, there could be a book in it at some point? And your dog could be on the cover!