Recalling the great German novel, “Steppenwolf”, by Hermann Hesse. This is my son, Sam, with his alter ego, the wolf. The wolf, often thought of as the predecesor of the dog, is one of the animals that intrigues me the most. Sam is naturally independent and a loner which inspired the connection between his nature and that of the wolf.
RABID DOG TERRORIZES SMALL TOWN OF WEST LINN, OREGON. That’s right, CUJO LIVES. Ok, I’m only kidding! That’s just our dog Nero fetching a ball at our local soccer field. I know what you’re thinking though. He looks like a vicious, crazed animal, right? Not his best look, I admit, but check out that foaming mouth, those huge canines and the sheer power of those flexed tendons!
You’re probably wondering where I came up with such a cool title. Full credit must be given to Brian Greene and his book, “The Elegant Universe”. It’s the title of a subchapter in the book and when I read it I felt it was a perfect fit for the photograph.
This is a portrait of our dog, Nero, a black male Labrador Retriever with a beautiful spirit indeed. That’s me holding the lacrosse ball (his favorite) while holding the camera and trying to focus (yes, it was quite difficult). My teenage son, Sam, is in the background, evidently amused by my struggle to take this shot and by Nero’s obsession with pictured ball. Sam has a very special relationship with our dog and while Nero loves everyone in the family equally, these two are especially close.
What?! No story? Well, no, not today folks. Just a photograph. But not just of anyone, oh no! This is Dino, a very special Rhodesian Ridgeback who is near and dear to my heart. Is this not one of the most noble faces you have ever seen? I’ve recently been asked by Dino’s mom to take portraits of her dogs. Did I not mention that I am a photographer as well? I invite you to check out my portfolio on Flickr. Just click on the photo.