I was given my first camera by Mum, it was a polaroid which shot eight photos, in black and white.
“Now don’t go clicking on everything” she said with that snapping tone in her voice, like she was about to give me a clip around the ear “save it for something special”.
So much for creativity.
I’ve been here before in other blog posts.
But this is about my dogs, I have had five dogs to my name over the years, Beginning with Tina, a fox terrier, Tina had the knack of photo-bombing down petty well and appeared in about five photos that she wasn’t really supposed to be included in.
There was a gap, and then when I was a teenager, asked Mum why we didn’t have a dog.
Well, Mums boss found some puppies and had been caring for them, She asked us to come over to her place one night, and that’s how we got Bobby… Who seemed to be partially German shepherd and Greyhound.
I think He stayed with us for about four years, but he was a randy bugger and tore off one night, He’d do this fairly regularly, but one night he never returned… We were’nt as careful with our animals in those days.
The strange thing is there are no photos of Bobby, none!
Then Laddie turned up, part German Shepherd and part Collie, He grew up to be very clever, very loyal and gave as much love as we gave him.
We have some instamatic pictures of him, a couple of very nice ones, but you can’t expect much from 110 film.
Then Benny came along, our first Malamute, and the only dog our family had ever bought.
Benny was wonderful.
Because I was starting to get into cameras at that stage, there’s quite a few shots of him in various formats, Instamatic, Realist 3D and very low res digital from an early Canon camera.
I got my first Camcorder at the time too, so he’s one of the rare dogs to be captured on video.
But I should have had a lot more digital photos of him, and I didn’t realise why until I realised that I had been stuck in a mind frame where we simply didn’t take many photos because film was costly… the film was gone (except for the 3D camera, and video for the camcorder) but the idea of reserving shots for a particular day remained.
I think what killed that line of thought was meeting @Wolfcat on Twitter, who took thousands of photos on a weekend trip.
I began to realise that I had heaps of storage, why shouldn’t I take more photos now?
People who know me, know that I love my pets, I adore them… so it comes as a bit of a shock to look through old photos and not find anything of some of them.
This had to change.
Along came Katie, and I was determined to take as many photos of her as possible.
I have photos and video of her from Pentax *ist DSLR, Sony HDV Camcorder, iPhone 3gs and Canon 550D… and although the plan was to get deeper into photography, and perhaps get work from it, I think if I’m honest with myself, I just wanted clearer photos of Katie.
So perhaps when I’m 90 (oh please no), I can look back and see photos of my beautiful girl.
I’ll end with a sad thought, in all honesty, Katie is the last… I hope my heart gives out when hers does, I really couldn’t take being without her… someone else can have the photos.