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Photographer Says Goodbye to Her Dog of 16 Years with Touching Portrait Shoot

20 Oct

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To any pet owner, one of the cruelest things in the world is how short a time our beloved companions have with us on this earth. For photographer Maria Sharp, the time she had with her dog Chubby was just 16 years before she had to say goodbye. In the final days before her best friend’s passing, Sharp came to terms with her loss by digging up old photos of Chubby, writing down her memories of their time together, and documenting some of their last moments with each other in a touching portrait shoot by fellow dog lover and photographer Suzanne Price.

Price’s heartwarming shots capture the inseparable bond the two have shared since the day Chubby came home from the pound. “Being the impatient seven year old that I was, I would wake her up from her puppy naps so we could play,” Sharp reminisces on her blog. “I just wanted someone to enjoy life with [...] Whenever we had guests over, I would barely say hi before saying, ‘Do you want to see my dog?!’ She was my favorite part of myself.” Through childhood, high school, boyfriends, college, and the start of Sharp’s career as a wedding photographer, Chubby was there for her, ready to greet her with loving licks, cuddles, and a wagging tail.

Chubby, whose health had deteriorated rapidly in the weeks before her death, had to be carried by Sharp during most of their photo shoot, but their intimacy and dependence on each other was clear to see. The two weren’t just owner and pet—they were best friends who had spent most of their lives together. Price’s portraits preserve the beautiful memory of their love for each other.

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(Via: My Modern Metropolis)

Celeste Martearena Photography

17 Oct

Today we feature photos from the portfolio of Celeste Martearena from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Sculptor Tim Racer

15 Oct

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Tim Racer has been a professional artist for 25 years. He graduated from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit in 1984, and quickly earned accolades as a successful young illustrator in Chicago. Tim was well known for his keen color sense, fine craftsmanship and his fluid, stylized paintings.

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Weary of advertising and editorial assignments, he began carving his illustrations into wood as he searched for a new way to express his love of form. This transition to three-dimensional art blossomed in 1993, when he began working with master carousel painter Pam Hessey of Hawk’s Eye Studio in Martinez, California. Here Tim learned the specialized craft of bringing priceless but battered antique wooden animals back to life for private collectors as well as those who love to ride our country’s precious working carousels.

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Raised in a family of tree trimmers, and a former tree worker himself, Tim has a lifetime appreciation for his materials. His knowledge and understanding of wood has given him the necessary skills for piecing back together old and neglected carousel animals. Restoration is one of his specialties, but carving is his true love.

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Tim has always surrounded himself with animals, and they are his favorite subject matter. Be it a small Chihuahua, a well-muscled pit bull or a statuesque great dane, Tim lovingly combines all of his artistic skills to create unique works of fine art that reflect the timeless beauty of our animal friends.

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