I’ve seen tons of pictures of people and their dogs, but Frank’s pictures were a little different. They all featured people and their dogs in virtually the same pose – each person held their dog as both of them looked into the camera – no smiles, both looking serious.
Some people stood as they held their dogs. Others held their dogs on their shoulders or around their necks like a scarf. Giant dogs too big to hold sat in their person’s lap.
Although I couldn’t put my finger on it at the time, something about the pictures grabbed me. My wife had a similar reaction and, as usual, she articulates it more clearly than I can:
“I went for my usual cup of coffee and was stopped in my tracks by his gallery of unique, soulful portraits of owners and their dogs. Not your usual cute, playful doggy shots. These express the love, devotion, and relationship between a dog and his/her person. I knew I wanted this, and I immediately called him to schedule a photography session. The result was your anniversary gift from me — some of the best shots ever of you and your dogs.”
Frank’s interest in photographing people with their dogs began after he began taking “semi-spontanious photographs of people” as he walked around Seattle. Here he explains to me how his photography evolved:
“As that work progressed I became intrigued by the love humans show for their dogs, and the way dogs respond in kind. Then I started photographing that connection by simply waiting on the street until an interesting person with an interesting dog passed by and asking if I could make a photograph. Almost everyone says yes! I try to keep it simple, just the dog and the human – or is it the human and the dog? I have titled the work “Me and My Best Friend.” It’s up to the viewer to decide which is “me” and which is the “best friend.”
We absolutely love the pictures Frank took of us and our dogs. If you’re interested in having him photograph you and your dog, contact him through his website.
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