Monday, May 14, 2012
Everybody knows that dog noses know things human noses do not need to know. For instance, fetid things on the ground offer oodles of odoriferous fascination for our canine friends. Those very same scents make normal people choke, gasp, weep, and perhaps wretch.
I like looking at dog noses. I like shiny black wet ones the most. I read somewhere that dogs with red noses have a tendency to be reckless. We once rescued a red-nosed dog from the pound. Lila had a knack for opening doors and jumping up onto the furniture whenever we turned our backs. She endlessly teased our sweet beloved but dimwitted pet dog, Jazz. One day, she bit our daughter. Back to the pound Lila went. We were glad to rid ourselves of her. Jazz calmed down.
The red, black, or speckled skin that covers a dog's nose looks like leather. In fact, dog experts refer to that skin as "the leather."
Yesterday, I took a walk at a big public outdoor art fair in my hometown, Lakeland, Florida. Approximately fifty artists set up tents to display and sell their work. Townspeople came out in droves to look at and buy art. Many brought their dogs along. I attended this event mostly because I wanted to photograph a procession of dog noses. Outdoor public events are dog magnets. People love bringing their canine pals along.
Aside from close ups of leathers, I managed to get a few good snaps of dogs and human feet. My favorite one is OOF. OOF has nothing to do with "woof"; it is an acronym photographers use to describe pictures that are out-of-focus.
I have yet to hear another photographer say a picture is "IF." IF is my contribution to the field of photography.