Town Dogs Archive

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Portrait of a cross dog

During my Town Dogs project I often went to Bookmongers, the secondhand bookshop in Brixton, south London. Rosa would usually be there, greeting customers and enjoying their attention. And I would always leave with too many books. Over the months I took many pictures of Rosa and this is one of my

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Watching the world go by

The fine autumn weather had tempted me out – I needed fresh air and exercise. And I soon realized that I needed a camera. Strolling through East Ham I found this relaxed, alert Doberman in a shop doorway. I cursed myself, having broken the first rule of photography : always carry a

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Town dogs : the long wait

Ask a married man what he does at weekends and I bet his list will include at least one of the three Ws – washing the car, walking the dog and waiting for his wife. When I met this man in a south London park, he’d already taken the Poodles for a

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Anatomy of a photo project

A friend recently asked if my Town Dogs project was finished. Playing for time, I said I wasn’t sure. According to conventional wisdom, a photo project is like a good story – it has a beginning, a middle and an end. For the photographer this can provide structure and focus. For viewers

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Creative cropping

This is a cropped version of Shadow Dog, photographed in Brixton one Saturday morning in winter. And here is the original image, shot on 35mm film: I’ve already written about that morning, in another post. If you’d like to read the post, follow this link – Shadow Dog. Sometimes a playful attitude

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Modesty in Soho : a dog portrait

Together with her owner Babette, Modesty welcomes visitors to The Society Club in London’s Soho. During the day it opens as a cafe, bookshop and gallery. Then at night it becomes a private Members’ Club. I stumbled on the club by accident and Modesty became my muse. Working nearby, I would rush

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Shadow dog : taking photos in Winter

It was Saturday and I had a plan – to take pictures for my Town Dogs project. I was heading for Brixton and its street markets, but never quite made it. Through the bus window I’d spotted Shadow Dog enjoying the winter sunshine. Getting off the bus I ran back to where

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Rosa of Bookmongers

This is how I first saw Rosa – watching the world go by from Bookmongers in Brixton, south London. I wanted to take her picture, but the light was all wrong, with the shop window full of distracting reflections. So I went inside, to browse through the secondhand books. Photography would have

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Tired of shopping

Deptford market in south east London is one of my favourite haunts. Visiting one Saturday, I spotted this Bull Terrier being led from stall to stall on a lead. Following at a distance I watched, hoping a picture would develop. And as the owner browsed, the dog looked more and more bored.

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Good companions

I often think that dogs have more sense than humans. They eat when they’re hungry, sleep when they’re tired and instinctively know if somebody likes them. One Saturday I called in at The Society Club in Soho, to catch up with friends. Arriving just after lunch, I found Modesty sound asleep, with