The picture of serenity
A thousand words may be the generally accepted exchange rate for a photo, but here’s one that’s worth 2.2 million views, 230,000 likes, 110,000 shares and also just may help an old dog pay his medical bills.
Professional photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson took the photo last week. It’s of a friend of her’s named John, and his arthritic 19-year-old dog, Schoep, floating in Lake Superior.
John, who rescued Schoep as a puppy, says that the water is therapeutic for his achy dog.
“He is the kind of person who wants his animals to be comfortable. I wanted to capture their relationship. I told John, ‘I really need to get photos of you and your dog,’” Hannah explains on her Facebook page. “Last Tuesday, we met at the beach for the photo. While John swam with the dog, I got on the dock so I could be at eye level. It took five minutes.”
The result is a shot that captures the serenity dogs bring us, and maybe vice versa.
“My specialty is documenting relationships, whether it’s a wedding or a man and his dog,” the Bayfield, Wis., photographer is quoted as saying in a Pioneer Press article.
On Facebook, the photo has drawn more than 25,000 comments.
“In this photo, people have said they see everything from pure love to hope for the world,” she said. “They see peace, kindness, the relationship between man and dog. Two women, both whose husbands died from cancer, said they never thought they’d see love again, but this photo showed them love.”
“I know this is not about me — it’s about a guy who loves his dog — but I am in complete awe that my photo has had such an impact.”
Prints can be purchased from the photographer, and part of the proceeds will go toward vet bills for Schoep.
(Photo by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson)
Posted by jwoestendiek August 9th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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