When I first started working on my Masters degree I took the Storytelling through Photography class. For the class I did a documentary photo project on dog showing and basically showcased all the different things I do to prepare my dog for a show as well as showcasing that show dogs are normal dogs too.
During that project I did a photo of Luna on the treadmill and there was blur with her legs on the treadmill. I really liked incorporating motion into the image so I wanted to do that again for this series.
Shockingly I remembered to include all four dogs!
This is how it will be displayed as a diptych.
I don’t think it’s super obvious in this photo, but the Siberians did not want to cooperate for this shot. My original idea was to have them playing tug-of-war with an exercise band (I have no idea what they are actually called.) Ghost wouldn’t hold onto it for more than a second because he just wanted his treat (as you can tell by his crazy expression.) Luna on the other hand didn’t want to lay down or even be in the same room as the camera but thank god for high speed continuous shooting!
In this piece I enjoy how one image is super chaotic and features way to much going on in it while the other scene is quieter with less clutter. I think it creates a nice balance. I also like how that the line between the green and beige drywall sheets (we are in the 3 year long process of remolding the garage) connect between the two different images. It makes it feel like both things are happening in the same room.
I’ve been trying to find spaces in my house that I haven’t used a lot for photos and so far the garage has worked out because it has the window so during the morning you get some nice natural light. It’s just so much easier to control four dogs and Nate (lol) when I’m in a space where I don’t have to worry about the dogs escaping or getting free or something.
I still need to do a kitchen scene and I think I have something in mind that will be different. I kind of really want to use the first kitchen scene shot I have (possibly) when I do my grad show. It’s still one of my favorite images and it doesn’t include Ghost but I think that will work the more I do images that don’t include all four dogs.
I think I’m also going to try to experiment with some night photos or scenes of the house at night. it would be cool to have an angle where different things are happening in different spaces all in one image. It works in my head but I’m not sure it’s actually feasible. We did buy a new taller ladder the other day which I’m excited for, for my pool and summer shots that I have in mind. I never thought I would be excited about a new ladder ;).