It ‘s funny how many feature pictures I have come across just driving down my block on 22nd Ave. in Spokane, Wash. I just had to stop when I saw my neighbor Theresa Burgess raking out the undercoat of her dog Chester in the middle of her front lawn Sunday. I first started taking photos of the scene with a wide-angle lens, but switched to my 300mm telephoto to see what a compressed, soft background would look like. What sold me on this frame is the fur on Theresa’s legs and her body language.
Update: All the dogs are safe now. Five were adopted and the remaining three are being housed at SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. I love it when a newspaper story and photo spurs action in my community.
Someone called the newspaper upset that eight dogs were living in a broken down car. When Spokesman-Review reporter Chelsea Bannach and I arrived we were appalled at what we found. The canines were living in a cold, urine and feces infested car. The owners, we learned later, had lost their house in a fire and were staying with friends in an apartment that didn’t allow animals. Neighbors were incensed at how the dogs were being treated. The light was fading, so I used a flash off camera to light the photo. When I went around the back of the car, this scared dog just looked at me as he paced. It was that “Well, what are you going to do,” look. I went back to the newspaper and pushed for the story and photo to go A-1. This is one of those call-to-action photos that readers of the newspaper will respond to. The situation for both the dogs and the owners are bad, but let’s see what happens after the story and photo runs. Nikon D3s 17-35 mm Nikkor lens.