January 24, 2016

in the company of dogs

Photo of Stella the Rhodesian Ridgeback on Notes from the Pack
( Photo by Ren Nickson ) 

'There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel in the company of animals. It is a cycle unlike any other. To those who have never lived through its turnings or walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge that they will be broken seems incomprehensible.

Only we know how small a price we pay for what we receive; our grief, no matter how powerful it may be, is an insufficient measure of the joy we have been given.'

Suzanne Clothier
'Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs'

January 22, 2016

los perros perdidos

"We are separated from other animals by language, technology, and a fatal arrogance
that causes immense pain."
- Martin Usborne

Martin Usborne is in our opinion the photographer who is doing really amazing things with his portraits of dogs. They are not just beautiful pictures; they capture something of the noble spirit and gentle sadness of a neglected dog. His first series, Dogs In Cars, was haunting in its depiction of lonely, isolated dogs in a dark and urban setting.

His latest work is more powerful still - check out the National Geographic article about Usborne's time in Spain, photographing the hunting dogs that are often abandoned or killed after the hare-coursing season ends.

See more of Martin Usborne's work here.   

The National Geographic article on his work in Spain is here.   

And here's a link to a rescue group that focuses on the galga and podenco hunting dogs of Spain.