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Featured: Interview with Artwork and Musings by Angie Kidd

My good friend, Angie Kidd, interviewed me recently on her art blog!  You can read the entire interview here.  Also, be sure to check out her blog!  Thank you, Angie!

Happy Friday!

 

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Victory: Photography Project — 43

“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them and filling an emptiness that we did not even know we had.” -Unknown

Beginning in January of this year, I began a weekly photography project with my muse, Victory!  I will continue to share this project on the blog!  I have also been documenting Victory’s milestones so to speak each month — you can read these here!  I think that it is fun to document all of Victory’s changes, while preserving fleeting moments and memories.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, we took Victory to Annapolis for the first time!  She had a great time!  (We previously took our beloved Biscuit to Annapolis as well.)  Victory was all smiles, and we took her to the  Naval Academy and walked around historic downtown Annapolis.  Annapolis is very dog friendly and Victory was able to go in every store with us!  There were many dogs around so Victory sniffed many new friends!  We even stopped at Paws, where Victory was a hit!  Below are a few images from our adventure together!

 

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Around Here: December

Happy Pawlidays!  It is difficult to believe that it is almost the end of the year!   We can hardly believe it!   Below are some items that have occurred around here in December!

-culling and editing many images with Victory at my feet keeping me warm!

-finally finished editing our vacation photos!

-coordinating photo shoots to take place early next year.

-addressing and sending out our Holiday card!

-drinking hot chocolate!

-decorating our Christmas tree!  We opted for a table top tree this year even though we have plenty of room for a regular 6 foot tree!  Doug and Victory decorated our Christmas tree shown below.

-made this soup with my Mom — it turned out well!

-making a Christmas ornament with Victory’s paw (I will share more soon!)

-making some art with Victory’s paws (I will share more soon!)

-driving to D.C. to see the National Tree, an annual tradition.

-framing fine art prints for display in our home!

-finished reading this book of quotes — I highly recommend if you like quotes and words of wisdom.

-started reading this book.

-watching Netflix on our new television!

-finished The Sons of Anarchy — we watched all seven seasons together with little Victory!

-saw the movie, The Theory of Everything — very good!

-burning lots of candles around the house!

-listening to Christmas music!

-getting recipes together for Christmas dessert!

-finished up Christmas shopping and wrapping gifts.

-feeling very grateful.

-gaining many more blog subscribers again this month!  Yay!  Thank you to all of my blog readers!

Happy Tuesday!

 

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Photographs: Vacationing in Quebec!

Oh my goodness, it is the middle of December already I am not sure where the time has gone!  (It was my intention to get through all of our vacation photos weeks ago.)  This year went by so incredibly quickly and the last quarter of this year has been especially busy!  We went to Quebec in August and September this year, and I have finally had time to finish culling and editing the images from our vacation, our first vacation with our dear, Victory!  You can view the snapshot of our vacation here, which I posted upon our return from Quebec!

We started our vacation in Manchester, Vermont.  We took Victory to the Orvis Flagship Store where we took Biscuit last spring where he was the Orvis Cover Dog Winner and Centerfold and represented the Orvis Petfinder Commitment supporting and promoting dog rescue!  Victory had fun trying out (picking out) the Orvis dog beds and trying on her new Orvis coat!

We stopped briefly at Lake Champlain on our way to Quebec and it was beautiful.

We made it to our lake house that we rented for several weeks in Quebec!  It was located on the Lake of Two Mountains and the views were beautiful and we witnessed many lovely sunsets each night!  Victory loved the beach and boating!

We walked to the beach and we had a lot of fun with Victory!  She loved the beach and we captured her putting her paws in the water for the first time!  She actually went into the water and she loved walking on the beach!

We went into Montreal a few times and pushed Victory around in her Hound About – which turned out to be a lifesaver as the city is very crowded and it would have been too stressful for her to walk on the sidewalks with so many people!  She rode around in class!  Doug and I loved going to the Orange Julep!  This has the world’s best orange juice!  We also visited McGill University and walked all around a good portion of the city!  We went shopping in Montreal and Victory got some new gear!

One of my favorite parts of the trip was taking the route de vines!  I am not a big wine person, but the views and the vineyards were really beautiful.  Doug figured out the routes and drove us everywhere!  Victory loved the wineries and dogs were welcome and, of course, everyone called her a “plus beau chien!” (most beautiful dog!)  Of course, we agree!  Victory loved the vineyards so much that she often did not want to leave!

Most of all, we enjoyed spending time together; getting away and having a break; having a change of scenery; and having days where we had no plans and were able to take each day as it came!   Everyone was so nice in Quebec and the pace of everything was nice and slow!  Enjoy some of our images from our vacation below!

Happy Monday!

 

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Quebec — Lake House and Beach

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Montreal

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Victory: Photography Project — 42

“When a dog is in  your life there is always a reason to laugh.” -Unknown

Beginning in January of this year, I began a weekly photography project with my muse, Victory!  I will continue to share this project on the blog!  I have also been documenting Victory’s milestones so to speak each month — you can read these here!  I think that it is fun to document all of Victory’s changes, while preserving fleeting moments and memories.

Well, Victory got another cute hat for the Holidays!  Below she is wearing her new red hat along with her Orvis hunter green coat, that she got on vacation this summer — more vacation photos are coming soon!  She just looks so adorable!  Our stockings are up, our outdoor Christmas lights and wreath are up, and Victory and her Daddy are decorating the Christmas tree together this weekend, that we just received in the mail yesterday!

Happy Friday!

 

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ASPCA: Gift Ideas for Furry Friends and Furry Friend Lovers!

The ASPCA recently contacted me to share some important and fun information with fellow ‘dog friends!’  The holidays present a time when shoppers are buying gifts for pet lovers and pets alike, and studies show that over a third of Americans purchase holiday gifts for their pet(s).  Doug and I are in this category — we treat our beautiful Victory as a family member and we are excited to celebrate our second Christmas with our little Victory at our home!  We have already purchased Victory’s Christmas gifts!  Below, the ASPCA has shared some DIY gift ideas; pet gifts from its online store; and gifts for pet lovers!

DIY Ideas:  Below are some fun gift ideas for DIY enthusiasts or just those trying to cut back on costs.  As such, ASPCA behavior experts have put together the following suggestions, some of which are pictured below:

  • DIY dog gift: To make a tasty chew toy, soak a rope toy in chicken broth and then freeze.  Once frozen, give the toy to your dog for hours of savory chewing.
  • DIY cat gift: Rip off a piece of aluminum foil, put cat food or cat nip in it, and crumble it up into a ball.  This serves a fun batting toy for hours of kitty entertainment.

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Gifts: Also as shown below, if you are shopping and are in need of gifts for your furry family member(s), below are some links to other cute gift ideas for pets, available at the ASPCA Online Store:

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Gifts for Pet Lovers:  Additionally, as shown below are some gifts for pet lovers!

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*The images shown above are courtesy of the ASPCA.

Interview with Sam Edmonds, Photographer

Interview with Sam Edmonds, Photographer

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Recently, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Sam Edmonds, a social documentary and conservation photographer from Sydney, Australia.  Edmonds’ work has been exhibited internationally.  I truly enjoy Edmonds’ work, and I am sure that you will too!

(Please note: Due to the representation of Edmonds’ work entitled, Robindra Boys, discussed below, this body of work is not included in this interview.  To view this body of work, please visit here.)

 

KATHERINE CARVER: What were your beginnings as a photographer and when did you realize it would become your chosen form of expression?

SAM EDMONDS: I became interested in photography when I was in high school.  My parents bought me a DSLR for Christmas one year and I started photographing surfing on Sydney’s Northern Beaches but it wasn’t until I left school that I really considered taking photography seriously and begun to understand the potential of the medium as a form of communication.  I have previously focused on drawing and painting but I became drawn to photography partly because people see photographs as a record – or even a truth – which is really not the case but I thought this was so powerful and something that I wanted to explore.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: Did you study art formally?

SAM EDMONDS: At a tertiary level, I initially studied design but then switched to art and got a degree in photography from the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane.  I studied the mandatory subjects like art history and semiotics but I was much more interested in taking electives to do with politics and ethics which was really the beginning of my journalistic/documentary focus.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: How do you describe your style?

SAM EDMONDS: People often say my pictures are quite confronting and I think in a lot of cases this is true.  The fact is that what concerns me personally are issues relating to exploitation or injustice; and most of the time, I choose to communicate these in quite a succinct and perhaps challenging manner.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating photographs was absolutely something that you had to do?

SAM EDMONDS: I think I realized how important photography was to me when I realized the importance of it as a way of bearing witness.  I grew up near the ocean which gave me a great connection to it and to the species we share it with.  The documentary, The Cove, was a big influence on me.  For me, this film really illustrated the importance of bearing witness to such atrocities and how powerful the camera can be to making people aware of an issue.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: What was the impetus that inspired you to begin photographing dogs?

SAM EDMONDS: I think the focus that my work so far has had on dogs is something that has come about almost by accident but probably very subconsciously.  I think most people, if not everyone, have a connection to canine species.  They have been companions to our species ever since wolves began approaching our camp fires and throughout art and literature ever since they have often played a role.  From Diogenes to Jack London, dogs have been both a source of inspiration and a measure by which we mark our own “civilization,” and I think that is something that is still being considered in art today.  Diogenes noted the sincerity and the truth that lay behind the lives of dogs.  I think the way we treat them, use them, live with them, and connect with them says a lot about us.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: Where did the idea emanate for your series entitled, “Robindra Boys”?

SAM EDMONDS: Robindra Boys came about when I was photographing with an NGO in Bangladesh called Obhoyaronno.  This organization is doing fantastic things for dogs on the streets of Dhaka and it was their president that told me the story about this group of kids and dogs living in a park as one big family.  As soon as I found out about this, I went to the park and met the whole bunch.  To me, it just seemed like such a unique story and something really worth telling people about.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: Where do you show/exhibit your work?

SAM EDMONDS: Most of my work is featured either in online publications or in magazines because this allows me to reach the largest audience possible.  However, I have exhibited in South-East Asia, Australia, and the United States.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: What does “being creative” mean to you?

SAM EDMONDS: Being creative, to me, means seeing something that isn’t obvious and drawing attention to it – whether that is an idea, a technique, a function, or a thought.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: What is the most challenging aspect of being a photographer?

SAM EDMONDS: I think the most challenging aspect of photographing will always change dependent upon what “kind” of photographer you are.  For me and my style of shooting, the most challenging aspect is usually discerning the most effective way of maintaining a politic within an issue whilst keeping an essay aesthetically pleasing enough that people are drawn to looking at it.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: What inspires you to keep going and what keeps you motivated?  

SAM EDMONDS: It is really inspiring to see how people’s attitudes towards the environment and other species are beginning to improve lately but there are still so many injustices happening on a daily basis.  We are made more aware of these now by the access to and ease of use of communication but sometimes it takes a little extra persuasion to take action on an issue.  And I think that good documentary work can help to do this.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: What are the most rewarding and satisfying part about being an artist and creating art?

SAM EDMONDS: For me it is seeing people genuinely reacting to or concerned by work I have produced.  Robindra Boys has received a better response than I could have ever imagined so every time I receive an email or phone call from someone that has been affected by those portraits it is very rewarding.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: What are you working on now?

SAM EDMONDS: Recently I have been working with conservation group Sea Shepherd in both Antarctic and the Faroe Islands so I have been photographing there and helping to document their struggles against illegal whaling.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: What artists inspire your work?

SAM EDMONDS: Photographically I’m really inspired by Aaron Huey and Danny Wilcox Frazier.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

SAM EDMONDS: I think when you are starting out it is really important to focus on issues or ideas that are important to you.  It is very easy to become mixed up in producing work that others would like to see or that you think will be successful but your best work will always come from a genuine vested interest.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: How can people view and purchase your art works?

SAM EDMONDS: At www.samedmonds.com there is a brief synopsis of my work as well as a print order form.

(The above image is courtesy of Sam Edmonds.)

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