• My new book about Spanish Hunting Dogs

    Jul 24 2015

    I’m still busy writing up this blog as a book but had to take some time out to earn some proper money and complete some outstanding projects – one of which is a longstanding photo project documenting Spanish hunting dogs (galgos and podencos). If you remember I encountered these beautiful dogs and their harrowing story early on in my year to help and could not help but photograph them. The result is a new book which hopefully will help raise awareness.

    The photos are intended to be beautiful but not deny the ugliness of these dogs situation. It’s too easy to take sweet pictures, its too obvious to take grim pictures. I hope this treads a path between.

    The project has already been seen in the International NY Times, Sunday Times, BBC and many magazines around the world and has been on show in Paris and New York.

    Hardback, 112pp, 300 x 260mm - it's a large coffee table book

    Hardback, 112pp, 300 x 260mm – it’s a large coffee table book, Kehrer Verlag publishers

    If you would like a signed copy of the book – 10% of the money raised so far from sales goes to the charities where the dogs were photographed then please buy here

    BUY THE BOOK

    The book shows both the rescued dogs but also the landscapes in which they are typically abandoned.

    Some examples of spreads.

    GalgoSpreads2 GalgoSpreads3 GalgoSpreads4 GalgoSpreads5 GalgoSpreads6

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  • Day 185: I HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN YOU, GALGOS – some cover designs for a possible book

    Mar 28 2013
    A possible cover for a book on Galgos (and podencos)?

    A possible cover for a book on Galgos (and podencos)?

    While we continue wait to rescue the dogs bound for the restaurants I’m still thinking very hard about the photo book I want to do on the Galgos, the spanish hunting dogs, to raise awareness for their plight.

    I want the book to be big, coffee table size, and hardback. So it sits on teh table and says ‘LOOK AT ME!’

    Here are some possible covers. I’m thinking they should be embossed in DISTRESSED GOLD to get across the regal nature of these dogs. Which do you think is best?

    By the way if anyone knows anyone with lots of cash who wants to make this book happen put them in touch. It will take a few visits to spain.

    OPTION 2: Big and bold? Gold lettering across the front

    OPTION 2: Big and bold? Gold lettering across the front

     

    A more understated book - covered in fine linen with gold embossing. The colours reflect the spanish national flag (but also of course bull fighting...and blood)

    OPTION 3:  a more understated book – covered in fine linen with gold embossing. The colours reflect the spanish national flag (but also of course bull fighting…and blood). This is more in the tradtion of the fine-art photo book

     

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  • DAY 168: HOW THEY WERE RESCUED

    Mar 04 2013

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    A quick update as to how these two dogs were caught…amazing stuff

    I have a bit more info from an English lady out in Seville called Linda who is currently looking after the rescue dogs. She is good friends with Olga and the gang.

    “I have a very good friend and dog lover, Miguel, who is the man you call when you are desperate to catch a dog. He arrived in Arahal at a quarter to five and by seven he was calling me to tell me that he had both dogs in his van”

    Miguel after rescuing the dog

    Miguel after rescuing the dog

    Apparently, the galga was caught first and only later the podenco (called Martin!).

    When Martin the podenco, who had not seen the rescue of the galga, could no longer see his mate he started howling repeatedly for her. For over an hour he desperately searched for the galga until he fell into the trap of food and rope. Now that he is in safety he seems more concerned about being with his friend than having his wounds attended to.

    Throughout the worst of times dogs keep their bonds. We could learn a thing.

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  • Day 161: HUNTING A HUNTING DOG (part 1). Trying to catch an abandoned Galgo

    Feb 21 2013
    The town in which multiple abandoned Galgos had been seen

    The town in which multiple abandoned Galgos had been seen

    Could I spend a day trying to capture abandoned Galgos?

    How many abandoned Galgos are running loose throughout Spain anyway?

    How do you capture a very very fast Greyhound?

    How common is it to see tortured or dead Galgos?

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  • DAY 150: THE RISE AND (almost) FALL OF THE GALGO – the story of the Spanish hunting dog

    Feb 10 2013
    Ebro - Charlotte's dog that I I photographed today against a white sheet I knicked from the hotel

    This is Ambo – Charlotte’s own rescued Gaglo that I photographed today in the sun against a white sheet I knicked from the hotel. More pics below.

    KEEP YOUR HEAD UP

    Charlotte (of www.112carlotagalgos.com, Galgo Rescue) leant across to me today and –  in a rare moment of calm between feeding the kids, cleaning the house, tending to Ebro, , worrying about the fundraising auction tomorrow and trying to fix the computer the cat has pissed on-  told me that running a dog sanctuary can be a dangerous game.

    ‘It can break up marriages.  Having to deal with so many injured dogs takes over your life. The suffering, the hours, the lack of money, it can lead  to depression and breakdowns. I’ve heard many stories about relationships collapsing because of the pressure…. ‘

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