Yesterday was the day, the day to commence by first One Day Shoot in the city of Plymouth. Based on my passion for animals, and a few suggestions, I decided to call my project “Dog Friendly Plymouth” and I began researching places that people might go with their dogs. The obvious ones were the parks but I didn’t just want to photograph parks around Plymouth as this isn’t quite the full extent of how Plymouth is dog friendly so I looked into any restaurants/cafes and hotels that permit dogs, and I found some! So I decided to split my five images between depicting parks, cafes and hotels, the main things a person and their dog would need whilst out in Plymouth or going on holiday to Plymouth: food, activity and accommodation.
A very helpful website that I found that helped me in my research for locating dog friendly places was called doggydevon.co.uk, which is an online resource that informs of dog friendly places in Devon. I found lots of places and ambitiously hoped that I would be able to visit all of them but somewhere I knew that I wouldn’t get to, which is probably why I made note of so many so that I could at least go to enough places to complete my set of five images. Whilst researching I found that a lot of places I would’ve liked to have checked out were practically impossible due to their distance, my lack of funds, time and a car. But I still managed to have a healthy list of places to visit for the day of the shoot.
Frantically checking the weather forecast all weekend, it was safe to say I wasn’t looking forward to that part of the shoot. Although no rain was scheduled the temperature wasn’t on my side and neither was the wind. It’s safe to say that the weather forecast description didn’t actually do the day justice, I was freezing. Despite the weather and my inability to feel my fingers I powered through.
The first place I set out to was the Plymouth Naval Memorial Park that then connected me to the Hoe. I’d found the Hoe in my research and happened to stumble across the Memorial Park along the way. At first there weren’t many dogs in the park and I wasn’t keen on just taking an image of the empty space as it was rather grey out and the light wasn’t great but after waiting a little while my luck turned. As the day progressed they skies turned more cheery (although it was still freezing), producing a much nicer background to my images that I wanted. I really enjoyed my time spent at the Hoe. I decided to go up to the top of Smeaton’s Tower that is located there, and spent time bracing the wind and taking aerial shots of people and their dogs as they enjoy their daily walks.
A few places I had on my list I wasn’t able to go to. Throughout the day I traveled with a companion and her project was a little more tricky so I helped her get to her places and in the end ran out of daylight to visit all of the ones on my list, but I still visited the priority places. By helping her find her locations as well I was also able to find other places that weren’t on my list, such as a walking trail and hidden park.
Once the daylight was fully lost I decided to head back, leaving Plymouth, and when I got back indoors I ate and began sorting through the sea of images.
As dictated by the brief, only five images could be submitted. When sorting and editing down, I decided that each image would be from a different location and would be evenly split between the dog friendly establishments and the outdoor locations (well, as evenly as I could). These are the final images that I selected for official submission:
Image 1: An aerial view of a mother and her two daughter out for a walk with their little dog in Hoe Park, taken from the top of Smeaton Tower, Plymouth, UK
Image 2: Fred the Basset Hound and his owner out for a walk along Hoe Road, Plymouth, UK
Image 3: An outside, front view of the Duke of Cornwall Hotel that is dog friendly, in the sense that it permits dogs to stay in the hotel as guests, Plymouth, UK.
Image 4: An outside, front view of the Waterfront restaurant that is dog friendly, in the sense that it permits dogs to go inside and eat, located on the Grande Parade, Plymouth, UK.
Image 5: A Border Collie and her owner out on a walking trail together in Plymouth, UK.
Overall, I’m about 70/30 on the satisfied scale with my images. I would’ve preferred to have been able to visit all the places that I’d desired to incase I could’ve taken some better shots, but I feel pleased with my selection and believe that they show what I was aiming to show.