‘But unlike the passivity of dreams it demands the active participation of the individual. The images which arise may be elaborated through artistic and self expressive mediums such as painting….’
Or photography…my preferred medium these days.
Ginger is a particularly difficult subject to photograph!!
She had decided very early on in life that she hates the camera. There she’d be all animated and happy and sprightly, and the moment the camera is out, she’d clamp up and withdraw. She knows exactly where I keep my camera and irrespective of why I happen to open that particular drawer, she’d immediately start sulking!
My precious girl - so beautiful, so expressive with her speaking eyes, wrinkles on her face changing from perpendicular to horizontal with changing emotions I’ve long learned to recognize, the significant tilts of her head…I always struggle to capture these without much success. Thousands of Ginger’s pictures that I have on my computer are those of a sad, sulking pup shying away from the lenses.
But I’m learning! Learning to trick her out of her shyness and get a shot of her lovely adorable expressions!
I had tricked her into posing for this shot too! We had only just come back from a long walk in the park. There she was – bathed, brushed and dried- just settling in for dinner and I subtly focused the camera, all the time telling her we were going for a drive. She immediately sat up intrigued forgetting all about the camera pointing at her, unsure she’d heard right, trying to judge if I was actually seriously contemplating going for a drive once again!!
And I got my shot! HA!!
I know for sure this same trick isn’t going to work again so I might as well think start of something equally intriguing (for Ginger) next time!