What a great word – it rolls off the tongue and has a positive meaning. Luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for. A happy accident in short.

When I look at this photo of Daisy, serendipity is the word that springs to mind. Having gone shopping for CDs, I unexpectedly came away with another picture for my Town Dogs project. As I entered Harold Moores Records in London’s Soho, a young and playful Mastiff had jumped up at me. The dog and his apologetic owner then made a hurried exit.

Andy, who had been watching from behind the till, laughed and told me to beware of the dog in the basement. When I looked puzzled, he explained that Daisy was his dog and I could find her in the jazz department downstairs. For a while we chatted about dogs and music. Then I got on with my browsing.

Daisy turned out to be a delightful, affectionate German Spitz. Andy was happy for me to take pictures and we settled Daisy in the office chair for her portrait.

With hindsight, it feels as if the photo session was meant to happen. From the moment I went into the shop, a lucky chain of events followed – a case of serendipity in action.

If you’d like to see photos from the project, follow the link to the Town Dogs gallery on my website.






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