It takes a very special (and good) image to make a very special (and good) black and white photograph.
Then one January, into our lives stepped Danny, a rescued English Setter. His black and white markings are so vibrant, they give new meaning to the word "contrast." Danny also has very piercing eyes, which do not lose their intensity no matter what the color of the photograph. I started experimenting with black and white imagery using Danny as my model.
This was difficult at first because Danny came to us a very fearful dog. Fearful dogs look anywhere but into the camera lens. But then again, my camera lens dispenses treats, so after a while, Danny became my very best subject.
Danny has lived with us for 2 years and almost 3 months. He has made leaps and bounds in terms of being fearful (he will never be a dog who has completely gotten over his fears). Danny still has moments, such as the one below, when entering the house (the same way he does every single day--five times a day) becomes a scarey prospect. We love him, fears and all. And that's putting it in black and white.