When she’s happy, I’m happy.
I haven’t photographed Macy since she was a puppy… 2 years ago! With the beautiful weather we’ve been having, Sheryl and I took the dogs a walk along the Clyde. Indie—my dog—isn’t the most sociable when it comes to other dogs, but she did well with two pugs dancing around her paws.
I don’t photograph Indie much any more. Ever since I took a photo of her every week for a year, photographing her became kind of tedious. But then I see her sitting like this, cocking her head in that cute way and enjoying the winter sun as it spills into our living room, and I remember just how photogenic she is.
As always, I am spending Christmas with my family in Inverkip. My family is quite small, comprising of my sister, mother, gran, and my mother’s boyfriend, Phil. Oh, and I mustn’t forget the dogs – they are a huge part of our family, too. My sister and I were walking our dogs this morning, and Malia took a grumpy turn when we headed home.
Merry Christmas! I hope you aren’t having a grumpy Christmas like Malia.
This weekend saw my friend, Elisha, visit from Ireland. Elisha is a fellow photographer, so I had planned on taking a lot of photos. Sadly, whenever I have a friend travel a significant distance to visit me, Glasgow decides it’s monsoon season. But any weekend I get to eat at Tribeca, Lebowskis and St Louis – and wash it down with a coffee from Artisan Roast – is a good one. Elisha also let me use her 50mm ƒ1.2 for most of the weekend!
I think the coolest part of working from Toad’s Caravan is that it’s dog friendly. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had a few dogs stop by to accompany Indie and Frank (the resident pups). One of these dogs was Lola, a friendly Boston Terrier who visited alongside her shyer Boston Terrier bro, Rueben. If you’re a creative freelancer in Glasgow and need a space to work from – and like dogs – there’s a desk going spare at Toad’s Caravan.
Every week for 52 weeks I took a photo of my dog. I thought it’d be a great idea; I was snapping photos of Indie all the time and figured it would be nice to look back on in the future. To begin with I had a lot of enthusiasm for the ‘project’, but towards the end became lazy and dragged my heels. There are some photos here that make me cringe, but pushing myself as a photographer wasn’t what this collection was about.
It’s about Indie and how much she warms my heart on a daily basis, therefore capturing my life with her for a short period of time. I don’t know much about Indie’s background; how old she is or how many homes she’s had (I know I am at least her third, and she is probably about 7 years old now), but I know she is a lot of fun to have in my life and that’s why I took these photos.
Sunday is a strong contender for my favourite day of the week. I rarely book any work in on a Sunday and use it as an opportunity to be self indulgent. This means playing video games, afternoon cocktails, walking the dog, and generally relaxing as much as I can. Yesterday, Sheryl and I took Ella and Indie to Victoria Park for a stroll in the leaves. I can’t stress it enough, but Autumn really is a photographer’s dream.
Despite having a working weekend, I was left to look after my sister’s dog while she was in Ibiza. Malia is a bit of a handful, and my dog, Indie, doesn’t get on with her at all (though Indie doesn’t get on with any dogs). It made for a stressful day! In a futile attempt to zap the energy from Malia so we could get back to work, we took her to Kelvingrove dog park for some exercise. Malia mingled with the other dogs, but Indie – as usual – cowered behind my legs.
As you all know by now, I am crazy about dogs and photographing them. They are my favourite animal. When out walking Indie, I came across a 9 week old pup called Lupo. He’s a Eurasier, which is apparently quite a rare breed of dog (I don’t think I’ve ever met one). At first sight I thought it was a Japanese Akita. Either way, I wanted to steal him, but I think his master would have noticed.