I decided that in order for the five images, that I will have to have for this project, to create a nice set relating to the project I needed to stick with one theme. Therefore, I ditched other ideas I was having for single images to go in this project and settled on my first thoughts, the relationship between people and their pets, as I want to capture the relationships between humans and animals.
The idea first game to my mind when watching a powerpoint presentation provided by my lecturer and these photos were displayed by Chris Steele-Perkins (Magnum Photos) and Venetia Dearden (Somerset Stories):
The two images stand in contrast to me as one is more typical of what you would think of when you think of a person (in this case a man) and their pet, a man and his dog, while the other stands as a bit more of an oddity with the pet owl. As a result, I want to mix my five images with typical pets and less typical if possible, or at least in less typical situations. Essentially I want to add a contrasting element to each photograph, something that stands out as less than usual, be it the pet, the owner, the place etc. I have a fair bit of experience photographing animals, as I frequently practice on my dogs and they all have very different personalities which result in there being different levels of difficulty when photographing each of them. For example one of my dogs Romeo will literally lay down and pose, looking directly at me whenever I pull of my camera, whilst another, Teddie, will actually turn away and won’t look at me when I have a camera in my hands. Even so, I have still been able to capture pretty decent images of camera-shy Teddie through patients and practice. However, in the past I haven’t paid much attention of the owner of pets but rather focused more on the pets themselves so I will be in both familiar and unfamiliar territory with this one, capturing two elements that I usually photograph separately in the same image.