Monday, April 5, 2010

A Dog Day Afternoon . . .

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This Sunday afternoon, as fate would have it, there was a conspiracy of vectorial forces which combined to bring the authors of five different blogs all together at the same time in front of la Maison Européenne de la Photographie, where they then proceeded to enter said establishment to see the exhibition, on its closing date, of Elliott Erwitt's personally chosen "best" photography from over a period spanning nearly 60 years. And what a show it was. Elliott Erwitt has long been a hero to me, so it was an immense pleasure to see his work in such a fine setting, and in such good company. More on all of that soon, but I wanted to get this up before I go hit the sack, in humble homage to one of the greatest living photographers of all time. Erwitt was a prolific photographer, travelling the world over in search of the images he captured, many of which feature our canine friends. I took this first photo in Montreal, Canada, in 1988.
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This next is in Paris back around 1991, and I've often wondered if this gentleman had only one leg, and was hopping along beside his dog . . . although I can't for the life of me remember if that was actually the case.
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28 comments:

TechnoBabe said...

The top photo is a strong dog standing up so tall. I really like that picture. That second picture does make you wonder if the man had just one leg, but I don't see a cane either. Huh.

pRiyA said...

Hey Owen, the first photograph can put anyone in as happy a frame of mind as Jill's pictures do. (Though your previous picture of Mr. Toad beats them all as a mood improver).
I work in charcoal, so the blacker my day's the happier I am :)

louciao said...

A dog day afternoon, followed by a 3 dog night.
Arf arf arf.
:-D
Everyday when I walk through the park I see lots of dogs out for their walkies with their people, but I am neither quick enough nor bold enough to get their pictures. Besides, that would be someone else's blog. Fun to see some of your canine enounters; I do love the timeless feeling of the black and white images. And it is so amazing that you were able to catch the rare Caninus Franco-Canadiensis Erectus in action!

babbler said...

Owen,
The happy dance that the dog in the first picture is doing is how I/we are feeling at Slug's Rest this fine Hop-liday Easter evening. The second picture is pretty hoppin' good too. The man is either hopping in a joyous fashion, or being careful not to step on a traveling slug. It is a good thing that we slugs are "green-minded" because we often travel to the market with our brightly colored cloth shopping bag which helps us to be seen by individuals such as you have pictured here. Once again, you have delivered a fabulous bedtime story to all of us here at Slugs Rest! We, like the dogs pictured, are all wagging our tails quite vigorously! Nighty Nite from Oregon!
Mrs. and Mr. Slug

Steve said...

I wonder if the guy in the bottom photograph is a Rolf Harris fan... something about Jake the Peg with extra leg... they ought to get together and make a couple of pairs!

Roxana said...

ah, dear Owen, yes, i would have liked to accompany you there, so much (thank you for thinking of me in your comment on Jeff's blog). i remember when you recommended his work to me.
such lovely pictures, nothing can compare to this grainy feeling of a black and white photo...

je t'embrasse tres fort.

Deborah said...

Owen,
Thanks a lot for your note. Such a wonderful way to spend time - but with FIVE other bloggers? La Grenouille, I presume, you and our mutual friend makes three.
Aha! I misread the first time. Authors of five different blogs - not quite the same thing.

Love the dancing dog.

Stickup Artist said...

I'll be goggling Elliott Erwitt post haste. I remember a post you did that I can never forget of the old woman walking her dog in a park and then through the streets. It was one of my all time favorite posts. Love the second foto. The mans beret, the contrast of the dogs whiteness, the imposing scale of the background building against the small intimate scene. Just beautiful !!!

Eleonora said...

Love the Erwittian monochrome! He's a huge hero of mine too.

Ciao friend,
Eleonora xx

Adam said...

Glad you had a great time - sorry I couldn't be there!

Nevine said...

That second photo makes me wonder, too, Owen. It appears he might only have one leg... the gentleman, that is. But then there is the old companionship, again. Sometimes, your dog is your only friend, and it no longer matters if you have one leg or two. Vanity is old news, and so is that pressing need to experience the very nature of necessity. We grow old, and everything becomes less important... but companionship. There I go again, Owen... Thinking...

Nevine

Ann said...

the photos are great...they brought a smile to me today,,i needed one as i have been sad. I will visit the photographer you shared.
thank you.

The Sagittarian said...

Great photos, am a long time fan of black and white - I particularly like the grainy effect in these ones!

Did you hear about the lazy frog who parked illegally on the road? He got toad.

desi said...

Hi there Owen my friend! :)

Happy Easter!! I'm still recovering after eating WAY too much easter eggs!!

I see that you have had many zebras here at the magic lantern show lately..really awesome! :)

have a great day!
desi
x

Karine A. said...

je ne suis pas étonnée que tu aimes les photos de Elliott Erwett's.
Il y a un fil commun entre les siennes et les tiennes. Une facon gentiment ironique de voir le monde, "réalistiquement naive", aussi, je dirais...

Alberto Oliver said...

Oh dogs, dogs, they are so,, my weakness, i hate them, because i love them so much, loyal, noble rascals!! =)

Peter said...

Yes, it was great to meet you and the others! If your dog photos had been exposed among the Erwitt's excellent ones, I think nobody would have reacted!

French Fancy said...

Oh dear, yet another top photographer I have never heard of. Oh Owen, I rely on you to keep me culturally up to date.

I love how you got the dog to pose in the first one. If I'd tried that they would never have struck the pose in time for me to shoot it.

Catherine said...

Hello Owen, well, 5 legs for them both seems to serve the purpose.
Your picture reminds me the one of the father and son on the bicycle at Erwitt exposition (that's because of the bérêt, I imagine), the "baguette" lacks in yours, or, maybe it would have been too much.


If Peter slows to give you the link (I don't think he would as he told me he'll send you my blog address; Maybe I should print a little card to distribute here and there in the streets..... would be funny...just joking, of course), I make the link directly. Anyhow, I intended to come and watch your blog.
I was so pleased to meet you and your family..and Erwitt. Such a good idea you had ! Not only a bloggers'meeting but, also, an artist's meeting, you combined the both, it was fantastic. Hope we'll have the opportunity to do it again all together.
I'm not what we call a "regular blogger", I do my blog in "diletante" occasionally compared to others,(I'm lazy) but I'm more present as a visitor, commenting.

Virginia said...

Owen,
Well you were lucky in two ways: Getting to see that wonderful exhibit AND meet fellow bloggers to enjoy it with. I'm envious on both counts. These two photos are just terrific. I agree with Peter, they could be mistaken for ones in the exhibit! I think Erwitt would be quite pleased.
V

Owen said...

Mr Toad is totally (toadally) buried at work this week... but all these kind words here just warm my heart to the nth degree... Am just astonished at how sharp and thoughtful and funny and warm and wicked and just downright adorable you all are...

Now, if you could just figure out how to add about three more hours into every day so I could work, have a family life, and blog to my heart's content, that would be great...

Thank you PROFOUNDLY for you notes here...
:-)

Lydia said...

I love the first shot, everything about it.

The exhibit sounds marvelous.

SP said...

I'm jealous! Sounds like a great show... Love these pictures too - you must have a vast archive? How do you keep it all in check?!
Do you ever use iTunes? I only ask because Magnum do a great series of photography podcasts on there, all free to download, and I watched a great Elliott Erwitt one just yesterday.

Jilly said...

Owen, I heard about your visit to the exhibition and the meeting with our blogging friends. All I can say is I so wish I'd been there - of course to see the wonderful Elliott Erwitt exhibition but to have met you. And I agree with Peter, these two photos would have sat very well alongside others in the exhibition. That you love his work so much is evident in your work. Bravo.

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Owen said...

Hi SP,
Concerning the owen archives, see answer to Peter's comment which I just typed in a moment ago on the post two above this one with the Voie Sans Issue image... it is a challenge, taking care of all those images, but fortunately hard drives keep getting bigger and cheaper, and there is even a free on line archiving service provided by my insurance company, which I'm going to start using soon...

And many thanks for the tip about i-tunes pod casts ! Sounds great, will go check it out... my wife uses Mac... me I'm mostly PC oriented, but I do have an i-pod, but only have used i-tunes very minimally to copy things to the ipod...
Good to hear from you, take care...

Owen said...

Hi Jilly, I'm sure you would have loved the Erwitt expo, and it was wonderful to meet some blogging people there ! Truly a pleasure... well, one of these days I'm going to head south to Avignon to see Nathalie sur place, and to Hyeres/Toulon or wherever he is to see Jeff; will have to continue on to Menton...
:-)

James said...

I really like the look of your film photos. These have much older look and feel to them than just 20 or so years. They are really cool.