DAY 175: SHALL I MAKE A PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK ON GALGOS?
I’m feeling a rare sense of excitement. My most recent photos of galgos are suprisingly powerful.
(Sorry for the delay. I’ve been without internet out in here in Spain for a few days.)
The last few months have been fairly hard for my weak little soul. Its as though I’ve walked around a very dark derelict building searching for a way through – or out? Every room seems to have suffering in it and I wasn’t sure how to respond. But a few weeks back I found this door labelled ‘Galgo’ and now, after knocking on it for a while it is opening and some light is coming through.
First of all you guys have helped raise some serious cash.
Secondly, a very large UK newspaper with a massive online global readership. the Daily Mail Online, have published Prince’s story with my pictures. This is a huge boost for awareness and I hope in the long run some benefit.
Please see here. It’s fairly mainstream and brief but it’s a start…
And thirdly, the most recent photos I have taken at Charlottes have moved me deeply.
I shall stand up to say this – I AM A GALGAHOLIC. I’m addicted to raising awareness for their plight – and for the podencos – and these gorgeous creatures threaten to derail my year to help. As Charlotte right said: once you get involved there is no turning back. I want to make a coffee table book of their portraits.
My intention on arriving here was to take more pictures of the dogs in the sun. But the non-stop rain forced me grudgingly into Charlottes barn where in the damp and musty darkness I found a beautiful light. I made a portrait of a Galgo, its frail form lit by a single window like a flemish portrait. When I saw the test image on my digital camera I knew the series would go far.
Many of you will not like these pictures. They are not postcard pretty. Nor are they joyful. But then nor is the story of hte Galgo. It is not my intention to tell people how sweet these dogs are – even though we all know they are – my intention is to convey something of their tragic predicament so people are alerted. I want to convey the dog’s majesty but also their vulnerabilty. The galgo is beautiful but it is broken.
You will see these images in magazines and exhibitions around the world, I am almost certain. I don’t feel their power comes from my voice so much as their own, which for too long and to too many people has been unheard.
I am not selling these images for now nor will I show you more. The project will need to ferment and rise in its own private room but I assure you it will grow and when its ready you will see it in many places.
I have to find a way to fund the project (it could take over a year to complete and multiple trips to spain and thousands of pounds) but I will do it. Somehow. I have to make it happen. But first I need to continue with my yeartohelp….