September 19th, 2013
Greetings From Minnow!
Posted by Pia
Hey there Waggers and Squadders... My mom's really been 'hogging the blogging' these past few weeks... This is the first chance I've had to say woof and let you all know i'm thinking of you! Now that I finally got control of the keyboard, I thought it'd be fun to share some of my summer snaps...
1 "I find the feline nose to be particularly compelling to capture close up..."
2 "...and really snouts in general- they are a frequent focus of my work..."
3 "Occasionally, a nice set of lips or whiskers will capture my interest..."
4 "While canines and felines are typically my muse, I can sometimes be moved to capture the grace of a flower..."
5 "...or the depth and texture of eye-level grass."
6 " I recently snapped this beauty in our back yard! My papa grew this giant sunflower over the summer. It's a virtual skyscraper!"
7 "Paws are also a focus of my lens. My eye seems naturally drawn to them. Hard to explain- I guess it's just an artist kinda thing..."
8 "I like to capture the contrast that exists between a tuft of fur and a soft pink pad... juxtaposed with the sharpness of a naked claw."
9 "Sometimes I document a single set of paws for hours...clawing at furniture or simply stretching... it's a very organic process"
10 "I recently captured this little gem- my canine siblings were napping while holding paws... so simple, yet so compelling..."
11 "My sister Luna is a great subject- she's really a natural in the studio..."
12 "Occasionally I'll turn the camera on myself just for fun, but I really prefer to be the pooch behind the lens..."
13 "I like to chronicle the simple things in life... a daytime inter-species nap..."
14 " ... a moment reflecting..."
15 "...my fabulous physique...
Oh and my 3-legged feline sister, Olive..."
16 "Chauncy is also a joy to photograph...here he is in the foreground (that's the front in photography-speak)...and Olive is looking on in the background..."
17 "Max is my most animated subject...he can be quite playful during a shoot and he really interacts with the camera in a paws-on way...
(Also note Chauncy's profile balancing the right side of the frame.)"
18 "Anyway...that's just a sampling of my work...
Oh and here's a snap of me in the studio after a full day of shooting. My assistant must have grabbed this one...you guys actually know her... my mom... Dr. Pia... she's quite talented for a human...and such a quick learner!"
I suspect you are all quite impressed with my photography skills... I can't say that I blame you. I've been told I have quite the knack for capturing the moment. Some humans liken my work to that of some photographer guy named Richard Phibbs... But the vistas that I shoot are quite close up with lots of detail... pads of paws, whiskers, that kind of thing...
Anyway- enough about my work, I'd love to see some of your little mugs on film. Please email me any photos that you don't mind mom (Dr. Pia) and me using here on the blog. Oh, and be sure to include names, and any details like favorite treats, if you were adopted, most preferred spot to be scratched, personal best for fetching a stick or ball... basics like that. Send to: email@example.com
I like to put a name with a snout you know...I meet so many fans at the dog park that it's hard for me to keep the names straight-not to mention the multiple pups who answer to "Fido," "Fluffy" or "Precious." Unfortunately, my sense of smell only goes so far when it comes to logging everyone in my pooch posse, but I manage- and I think fans are particularly forgiving of us creative types- they seem to understand that our quirky ways are part and parcel of our giftedness in the arts.
Until next week...
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