Last summer my blogging colleague the Grey Fox contacted me to say a talented local photographer in London called Chris Aadland was looking for subjects for an upcoming magazine article called “Men and their dogs’ – would I be interested in being photographed? This would be a first – I have never been professionally photographed.
I made an appointment to meet with Chris at the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, across the road from my Club in Piccadilly. It did not take long to learn how I must “keep my chin up”, smile (endlessly), look relaxed (whilst being concerned about how I appeared!). However, my aged dog Oscar did not share in this new found skill set – he simply refused to look at the camera. Easily distracted by everything (Oscar is recovering from a stroke, has no teeth left following a gum infection, is 15 years old and deaf!), the longer the shoot took the more tourists kept stopping to take photographs and added to the distractions for Oscar. We tried standing, crouching, even me holding Oscar like a baby in my arms. Then, after countless images (and the heat of June getting to me) Oscar finally turned to look at the camera and voila – an image to keep!
The article appeared in MITT (Men in this town) in November, and I proudly traveled across London to Islington to the only shop in London who stock the magazine (the magazine is based in Australia) to purchase my copy. We (Oscar and I) are very proud to have been selected from the many men Chris photographed to appear in the final article.
Whilst showing my staff in the office the magazine they commented on it being very ‘hipster’ in its style – I had completely missed that in my enthusiasm to read the single article! Anyway, it has raised my credibility with my younger staff – a 56 year old man in a hipster magazine. Whatever next!