After several normal posts, I feel it’s time to relax a bit by posting some non pretentious pictures of dogs. These shots tend to automatically accumulate in my “warehouse portfolio”, because, as I’ve already explained before, I am a victim of the knee-jerk dog photographing syndrome.
One thing you learn, while approaching people with dogs, is that they tend to be a bit more relaxed too, and it is easier to persuade them having their picture taken, if the apparent object of it all is their pet.
Another interesting observation I’ve made, is that among the various tramps and clochards who go around with dogs, the level of care they devote to these animals is very high. At times, it seems that they keep better their dogs, than they keep themselves.
Most dogs in Nice are small. The benchmark size is probably around a Jack Russell Terrier.
Trying to observe, if there is a specific category of people among the dog owners, you will likely point to the retirees, particularly the lonely ones.
But in the end, dogs are very popular here, and you find them in company of all kinds of people.
Just like people come in all kinds of types, so do the dogs.
I’ve learnt from Elliot Erwitt, that when shooting dogs, the legs sometimes can be more interesting than the rest.
Some dogs are shy, while others like to control the situation, just like us, humans.
It’s nice to spot sometimes a resemblance between the dog and owner.
It can be resemblance of style, or even age.
And even resemblance of the sense of purpose.
Till the point, when it all merges in one.
Let’s wrap it all up in a relaxed way, with our gaze wandering over Nice through the Baye des Anges and us and our dog lost in meditation.
“Meditation” – Dexter Gordon