In Robert Adams book ‘ Why People photograph’ there is a short essay titled ‘Dogs’ in which he describes with clarity and purity the way in which dogs shaped a number of artists lives. Adams explains, ‘Artists live by curiosity and enthusiasm, qualities readily evident as inspiration in dogs’. I have read this passage often; it reminds me that the theme that is explored in this book of photographs is one based upon some of the qualities, which Adams highlighted.
My two Jack Russell dogs were called Lily and Maui, both were rather scrappy and unkempt; they were my trusty companions often walking with me along the coast near to my home in Cornwall, England. Through the ups and downs of life they were by my side, they helped me search for beach trash, provided much need comfort in times of distress and helped me with my own photographic work. How might this be so you might ask? Adams describes this perfectly in the last sentence ‘A photographer down on his or her knees picturing a dog has found pleasure enough to make many things possible’.
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