I just thought I would tell everyone a happy story. Every now and then I pop down to our local RSPCA kennels and take pictures of the dogs for posters. This time they asked me to take shots of the older dogs that they were having trouble re-homing.
Now this is not the easiest gig in the world, the dogs have been locked up in doggie prison for quite a while so as soon as they know they are going outside they get really excited and you need motor wind and a lot of spare cards to even get one shot with them in the frame usually. This time the only place I had to shoot them was in a clear concrete area and the only time was mid-day the glare of the concrete made my eyes hurt and meant a fair bit of exposure compensation was needed.oh and dogs only seem to come in black or white.
Anyway this lovely pair of dogs were some of my subjects in the latest session, Carrie is female and aged about 11, and a Solo is male and is aged about 5/6. They have always lived together and they are devoted to each other, although people had offered a home to Solo no one felt it fair to split them up. In fact after only a few minutes together you could see that Solo just wanted to be wherever Carrie was.
I created posters of this pair and other dogs and they were sent out to various places. Though the other dogs found homes, this pair were still without a home. So my wife had the idea to put them on The Oldies Club
website. The following day someone phoned up to enquire about them and today they went off to a lovely new home in Norfolk.
It may not be technically a very good photobut it made a difference and thats all that matters sometimes.
Tags: Photo journalism