The first photos were of a chubby, sleepy puppy who soon became a playful little thing who would run around until too tired. He could sleep just anywhere. One day we found him sleeping with his head next to pink carnations. (Butter wouldn't melt!)
I didn't stop photographing Akim even when he reached adulthood. (How do you stop, if this fluffy brown thing becomes your shadow? :-) I have created a label called What we did today, to keep memories of our everyday lives captured in photos.
He never misses an opportunity to see what I'm doing. (Like when unwrapping my Shibori dyed sheets). He would bring me a ball or put his head under my arm for a cuddle. If I am to busy in the garden with hanging of the washing and so on, he would eat some tall grass in meantime.
When I joined Instagram, it also didn't take me too long to make my chocolate darling a frequent part of my posts. My lab even has hashtag now (#akimchocolatedarling) so I can easily group the photos. I can't help taking photos or videos of my chocolate furry chum munching on strawberries, grapes, mulberries, currants, cherries or blackberries with me. We are speaking of a dog that even eats raw pumpkin, peaches and nectarines!
The one thing that I love about photography is capturing of my closest environment, my imminent surroundings, including the people, pets, events and places. To me, it isn't pointless to take the yearly photos of the same garden. I love the seasonality of everything in life.
Today you might think that something looks the same as it did last year. My experience is that it doesn't really. Everything changes and I always like to see it through my photos. Whether it is family, garden or dog photos, these become mementos of things you no longer remember so clearly.
To some people, it might seem strange to photograph a dog. Yes, it is "just" a dog. Yes, he can be naughty, attention seeking and annoying sometimes. But the majority of time, he is my velvet eared friend whom I wouldn't change for the world and I am thankful for being so lucky to have a dog like my Akim.
Photographing my dog made me learn so many new things about photography. I learned about using the right metering, light, shutter speed, aperture, taught me about being ready, to recognize when is the right mood and moment to photograph. These were very valuable lessons to me.
If nothing else, this is something that makes me happy. I also always thought that photographing my furry baby would be a good practice for photo taking before I have my own baby. :-)
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