Several dogs in honor of Alan “The Cog Dog” Levine. I’m cheating a bit as the second two were taken this weekend but they come with good stories and this is my blog so I figure all is fair. I can’t remember the name of this dog but he was full of this kind of energy both times we ran into him. He was trailed by two kids who he ignored completely. He brought me the stick but wouldn’t let me have it. He also attempted to dry off using me as a towel yet he had the personality to pull it off. We ran into this guy at the end of a long dirt road. He and a friend weren’t all that welcoming at first but chilled out when I said “sit” loudly. Funny how those ingrained commands short circuit things. It was a fun way to teach my oldest son that trick. To counteract the flowers and sweetness . . .
It’s been a long time, almost exactly a year, since I did any stranger portraits. It remains a difficult thing for me to do which is a large part of why I do it. Additionally, driving into work this morning I saw the scene below. The park is a place where many homeless people seem to gather/sleep/live. I went back to check on the man but by the time I was able to park and walk back police and ambulance personnel were on the scene. It’s the kind of thing that makes me wonder about my own perceptions of my environment. If it weren’t for the bike would I have gone back to check? It seemed to add an element of action interrupted rather than someone passing out or sleeping in the open. Lots of questions about internal and external elements.