I’m sure you’re aware at this point that we have Cardigan Welsh Corgis ruling our house. In age order, they are Darwin (14.5 y/o), Ransom (13 y/o), Bette (11 y/o) and Dora (2.5 y/o); each have their own personality…
Bette, aka The Marked Woman, is affectionally known by my wife and me, as ‘The Bitch’. If she were to be cast in Monty Python’s Holy Grail, she would be in the role of the harmless little bunny. Yes, Bette, although she has mellowed quite a bit at this age, is rather intense, which came across in this quick shot that I took of her during a walk.
She has plenty of good characteristics, but a pleasant disposition is not one of them; if she is acting really nice, we usually end up taking her to the veterinarian, as she is sick. We love her just as much as the other three.
Bette used to be an excellent agility dog, but has been retired from agility for a couple of years to eliminate the wear and tear on her body. She is deathly afraid of sheep, so herding was not her thing, but she has found a new passion: barn hunt. In barn hunt, one or more rats (in protective tubes) are hidden among hay or straw bales, which can be stacked; the dog’s job is to find the rats and indicate where they are within a set time limit. Bette gets excited when she finds a rat, so she is enjoying this game.
This portrait was shot with my Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. Shutter speed was at 1/100 second with f/6.3 at 400 ISO.
A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
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14 thoughts on “The Marked Woman”
Bette looks very cute – and quite the madam!
Thank you! If it weren’t for her blue eye, she would have been a show dog…and not ours! We were lucky for that eye!
Ah, see, she was meant to be yours.
Indeed! When I first picked her up she fell asleep on my shoulder.
Bette does sound like a good lady with character 😄
Character, she has and plenty of it 🙂
One of my mother’s favorite dog was a Welsh Corgi 🙂
Both the Pembroke and Cardigan are a lot of fun! Queen Elizabeth made the Pembroke very popular (as did Corgi Toys cars 🙂 ).
Very smart though – you have to keep them working! Beautiful image 🙂
Love those ears! We have 4 dogs too (you can never have too many!) and one of them, Bessie, is also affectionately known as ‘The Bitch’ her personality is unfortunate but I wouldn’t swap her for anything!
It must be those B names 🙂 Yes, her ears stand out!
All my dogs’ names start with B so I’m in big trouble aren’t I!
Truly? That’s really a game? 😮
The things they come up with :-). It is a real game.