Monday, May 20, 2024

When dogs ruin the shot

World in motion
London, ON
May 2024
This photo originally shared on Instagram

More times than I can count, I’ll be roaming the neighbourhood with Calli the Wonderschnauzer when the universe decides the moment merits a picture.

Photography with a bouncy schnu on the other end of the leash, however, presents its own unique set of challenges. Specifically, she’s a puller, which can make it somewhere between difficult and impossible to hold the camera still enough to take a reasonable pic.

Things get worse after the sun goes down, when even computational magic like Night Mode struggles to compensate for a wiggly puppy. We can’t outrun physics.

Needless to say, my photo roll is filled with lots of misses, mostly grainy, blurry messes that I don’t have the heart to delete.

Because as imperfect as they are, they’re in so many ways more representative of her spirit than the perfectly lit and composed ones.

I realize all of this runs counter to the aesthetic of perfection that seems to dominate our digital lives. We agonize over what ultimately gets shared - meaning only the sharpest, most spectacular scenes will ever see the light of day.

Everything else languishes unloved and ignored in the dusty shadows, this despite the fact that they are just as much a part of our story, if not more so.

Which is my way of explaining why this photo makes the feed today.

Because even in its staggering imperfection, it perfectly tells the story, evokes the memory, teases out a smile.

Seems pretty perfect to me.

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