“ACROSS the meadow in brooding shadow I walk to drink of the autumn’s wine– The charm of story, the artist’s glory, To-day on these silvering hills is mine; On height, in hollow, where’er I follow, By mellow hillside and searing sod, Its plumes uplifting, in light winds drifting, I see the glimmer of golden-rod.” L.M. Montgomery

It’s a feeling

I grew up north of Spokane, in little Chattaroy, WA. Sometimes, it felt a bit like the P.E. Island of L.M. Montgomery’s books to my little girl’s mind. Well, minus the ocean.  L.M. Montgomery has been an integral part of my life. I feel the outdoors with her words in my soul. I see art in the same manner.

Hers is an imagery that brings tears to my eyes with its beauty. I think she must have been well-versed in sehnsucht, the German word that C.S. Lewis used for describing “the inconsolable longing in the heart for we know not what”. And, “That unnameable something, desire for which pierces us like a rapier at the smell of bonfire, the sound of wild ducks flying overhead, the title of The Well at the World’s End, the opening lines of Kubla Khan, the morning cobwebs in late summer, or the noise of falling waves.”

It is both the imagery of Montgomery’s beautiful world and the sehnsucht of C.S. Lewis which creates the cornerstone of my photography style. I want my images to be a dream of some otherworldly realm where beauty surpasses what we know here on terra firma. And yet, also be a realistic portrayal of each animal.

I’ve grown up in the dog sporting world, following my mom to dog shows and attending events at our local dog training club, Lilac City Dog Training Club, on the north side of Spokane. I became a member, myself, in 2005 at the same dog club where I have taught and trained dogs for many years. There is a connection when working with a dog that cannot be matched. As such, dogs inspire my heart and mind while the charm of nature’s poetry inspires my soul.  A dog portrait creates the “charm of story” for a dog owner to memorialize for long years.

At last

A fairy land of color, mist, light, and shadows. I would say that my style has finally meshed with my soul this past Summer of 2020. I took some individual training with a mentor on several, key editing elements which has finally taken me the last steps to where I wanted.

Seven years of finding my way to this point, the “artist’s glory”. And, discovering that my glory is shared by many others.

FINDING Noses and Toes

Angela is the fabulous dog photographer at Noses and Toes Pet Photography here in Spokane.

I met her in 2018 at a local Pet Expo I had been attending for a couple of years. She was the first fellow pet-photog I had encountered since beginning my business some years prior.  And, I was beyond thrilled with the person I met.

Angela is bold, incredibly funny, and nearly my entire opposite. Yet, I am crazy about her. Angela’s style is no less different or opposite to my own. She creates stunning wide-angle images that reflect the landscapes that surround our area in a way that compliments each dog she photographs. The images are vibrant, recognizable, and strong.  Her clients end up with their dogs inside images of glorious vistas and panoramas.

We like the idea of meeting up to hike and photograph one another’s dogs and recently did so.  We headed out to the Saltese Uplands, south of the Spokane Valley, to do just that. Here is my image of her Bella…

Here is her image of my Brigs.  I can’t ever stop looking at this!

Angela has written more about her style in our Blog circle.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

To read all about Angela’s style and many other fellow pet photog’s on this week’s Project 52 Blog Circle, head on over to Pet Love Photography, photographing Cincinnati area pets for “Tails of Cincinnati”, a coffee table book for charity.