Project 52: Portrait of a Stranger

The second assignment for Project 52 was to take a portrait of a stranger. Considering that I’m not all that keen on taking portraits in general and I’m a true introvert, this wasn’t an assignment that I was looking forward to. Luckily I had a business trip to Helsinki with some waiting time scheduled at Helsinki-Vantaa airport on the way home.

I knew that the airport would offer me many strangers and having some extra time would mean that I couldn’t really avoid talking to someone and getting their permission to photograph them. So spotting a little labrador puppy at the airport seemed like a real blessing since now, as a retriever enthusiast, I had a good reason to start talking to the people with the puppy. Turns out the breeder was taking the puppy to his new home in Czech Republic, so the portrait has the breeder, puppy, and busy airport in the background.

My final selection is this one:

In fact, it was taken with a composition that I had previsualized while walking around the terminal, so I’m glad it was also the best photograph. The following to out-takes aren’t as strong. In both the sharpness of the puppy isn’t quite good enough and either the crop or contact with the subject is laking. But all in all, I’m satisfied with what I got out this assignment, even though approaching only one stranger for a photograph almost feels like cheating ;)

Day 47 – Puppy and the Beast

We picked up Jalo’s niece Mila (Blackcode’s Dream Come True) and brought her to stay with us for a while. She won’t be staying permanently with us – just for a while until she grows up a bit.

The amusing thing is, that while puppies are generally wary about large black dogs, flatcoat puppies are the opposite. The large black dogs are safe. The big blond goldens on the other hand… I guess it’s also part racism, since Luka isn’t scary at all, even if he is yellow.

Day 19 – Puppies

Spent the evening shooting three week old flatcoated retriever puppies. Yes, they were cute. No, we’re not getting one. However, I can’t wait until they’re a bit older and livelier. Now they mainly just eat and sleep…

Day 8 – Flatcoat puppy @ 1.5 weeks

Spent the evening taking pictures of a friends 1.5 week old flatcoated retriever puppies. They are cute. And luckily we have enough dogs for now ;)

Husky puppy

Some family issues have reduced my motivation to take pictures – of anything but dogs that is. While they are far from being resolved, spending the day at an unofficial dog show gave me opportunities to photograph other breeds instead of the golden and flatcoated retrievers that are the norm.