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01-OCT-2006

100306.jpg

THE POWER OF PHOTOGRAPHY

earlier this week I was asked to photograph some labradors because the owner was concerned that
his older dog (pictured here) might not be around much longer. He wanted photos of all the dogs together.

A few days ago I received an email from someone I photographed with her dog at an event a year ago.
She told me her dog died in March and she was hoping to get a copy of the photograph.

Tonight I received an email from someone else who I photographed last year and two years ago, with her dog.
She too told me her dog died in March and she was hoping she could get some prints made up.

Being able to print memories for people is a wonderful thing and serves to remind me of the power of photography.

When my dog, Ben, died (also in March) I looked through all my photos and ended up making a 70 page book of words and photos.
Looking through the photos and putting together the book was an enormous source of comfort during
my grieving.

Again, the power of photography at work.

Canon EOS 5D
1/400s f/4.0 at 105.0mm iso400 full exif

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Pic Chick10-Oct-2006 01:37
What a beautiful picture. You know how I feel, I've said it before to you, and we share those sentiments. You do wonderful work and I believe what you way about creating the book. Thanks for sharing...
ewa toll05-Oct-2006 13:26
This is wonderful
De'Carr Studio05-Oct-2006 02:01
Such a wonderful capture!!
Ann LT05-Oct-2006 00:10
Wonderful...the photo and the caption.
Greg Harp04-Oct-2006 21:26
Wonderful shot, and a wonderful testiment to the power of photography.
Stu04-Oct-2006 17:39
Wonderful shot
joanteno04-Oct-2006 16:58
Wonderful shot and story. Moved to post, the shot of my yellow lab and the story of his death.http://www.pbase.com/joanteno/image/68013505
virginiacoastline04-Oct-2006 15:28
that looks like my Molly . . . same graying face, same expression . . . hmm . . .maybe I should do one too . . .
Sharon Rogers04-Oct-2006 12:22
filling up here
Peter04-Oct-2006 11:32
Like what's already been said. Powerful picture & powerful story.
Chris Sofopoulos04-Oct-2006 08:10
Fantastic pose and great choice of tones! v
Guest 04-Oct-2006 06:42
Beautiful photo for the beautiful memories
Joy Miller04-Oct-2006 05:43
Just before she died in 2003 I took some nice pictures of my dog Cocoa. They're hanging right above my computer and bring back many memories.
This is a wonderful image of the lab that will also provide memories.
shatterbug04-Oct-2006 03:20
Ya gotta love that face :-) It's wonderful that you are able to provide others with some comfort in a sad time for them.
Karen Leaf04-Oct-2006 03:09
As powerful as your words.
petesie04-Oct-2006 02:47
I was really touched by the photo....and then I read your comments. Now it is difficult to express my feelings, but the words and photo touch my heart.
Kevin Sargent04-Oct-2006 02:33
I'm happy I get to be the first to comment on this special image and your thoughtful words. As a dogs-instead-of-kids family member your words really hit home. And as an aspiring photographer this magically composed shot captures the place our companions have in our lives better than any words.
Herb Knufken04-Oct-2006 02:30
Nice image
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