Roxy And Rob
The power of the camera. The Power Of The Photograph.
Last month, I took a walk during lunch to get some air. I ended up at an antiques store not far away from my office. I go there from time to time, but hadn’t been in a long while.
Usually when I prowl around antique stores, I’m looking for retro cuff links, or old cameras, or old pulp/noir paperbacks.
This day, I got lucky.
Yes, I scored a sweet pair of silver knot cuff links (and a tie band!) for just $20.
But I also got to meet Roxy. That’s her above.
See, Roxy is a two-year old English Bulldog with a face and body only her English Bulldoggy mother could love.
Big fat paws. Neck rolls like a pack of hot dogs. Stocky. Stiff whiskers. Under bite.
But as soon as she ambled down the aisle, I knew I had to shoot her. Of course, the 50D was in the bag on my shoulder so I asked her owner (and the owner of the store), Rob, if I could take a portrait of her.
I had a scant couple of minutes. Roxy still has a lot of puppy in her and it ain’t like she’s sitting still.
Still…I got a couple of images I really liked.
I knew when I shot them I’d be processing them as B&W’s. I thanked Rob for letting me shoot her, and and he gave me his card.
“Send me one of the pics, ok?” he said.
“Will do,” I said.
Later on, after processing them, I thought I’d do him one better. I’m make a print of the one portrait and give it to him.
I finally got back to the store last Friday. I walked in and re-introduced myself. I reminded him that I took some pictures of Roxy the other week and promised him one.
I pulled the print out to give to him.
He literally took a step back. He loved it.
He kept looking at the print, and then pointed to a couple of old B&W pictures behind the counter. Him, years ago, with a dog from his past, a Shar-Pei. (Damned if I could remember that pups name now)
He told me the story how another photographer, years ago, had taken some pictures of him with the Shar-Pei and he really loved them, especially in black & white. So, that, combined with the print I just gave him, really meant a lot.
I then asked if I could take his photo with the print. Again, it was quick, people were in the store, but I wanted to do a nice environmental portrait of him.
Think I’ll send this to Rob too. Hope he takes some joy in it. And in fact, he became #80 in my 100 Strangers project as well.
And I wish Roxy a long life, filled with filled water bowls, belly scratches and biscuits.
She really is a beautiful gal.
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