DAY 167: BACK TO SPAIN!
I can’t keep away.
I’ve been bitten by the Galgos. As it were…
I’m heading to Spain on Monday.
I’m going to visit Martin, the rescued podenco fatefully named after me, and his friend the galga. But I’m going back also because I want to do more photos to make a complete project about the Galgos.
I find these dogs so beautiful and their story so upsetting that I want something more out of the photos. The pictures I have taken so far have been rewarding but there is more to capture.
But how will photos save the dogs?
If the photos are good enough – and unusual enough -they will go across the internet as well as into magazines and maybe into a gallery and in their small way help raise awareness. But this time I’m going back with my traditional film camera, some fabric backdrops and a very clear idea of what I want to capture.
Here is a picture by the 17th Century Spanish painter Velazquez
Here is a classical dog painting: strong, regal, romantic.
And here is the reality of what happens to some galgos. Not so painterly.
There is a gulf between how Velazquez might have portrayed these classically beautiful dogs and how they are treated now.
I want to photograph twenty or more rescued Galgos in a way that captures BOTH their regal heritage (beautiful, strong, referencing some of the colours in the Velazquez picture) but ALSO their terrible modern condition (weak, threatened, lost).
These dogs are both beautiful and bruised. How can I get that across in an image?
It’s fairly easy to take pretty pictures but it’s harder to take pictures that show the unease of their lives whilst still respecting them as incredible creatures.
My idea is to take more shots like this….
…except capture something of their fragility too. Their fear, weakness, longing.
You’ll see the colours are almost there: browns, oranges, burnt colours, but I’ve been buying more fabrics today as backdrops that I will take out that will reference classical paintings.
This won’t please all of you because I’m not after postcard-pretty, but it will give a more powerful portrayal of the issue and therefore make stronger work.
My photos will be on film and that needs developing so you won’t see these images for a while but I will of course give you some teasers from my digital camera.
I’m going back to Charl in Malaga but also up to Sevilla again to another centre where they have many hundreds of abandoned Galgos: Fundacion Benjamin Mehnert.
I leave in a few days and I can’t wait to meet Martin the podenco and the galga.
Thank you for your continued support and I’ll update you very soon!