It’s kind of ridiculous but, even after all this time, photographing the Shivster takes a lot of creative-thinking. She is not a dog who loves to look at the camera. Shiva seems to know the exact moment my finger presses on the shutter as she almost always turns away at the last second. It is incredibly frustrating when the vast majority of my pictures look like this:
Even when I mange to get a head-on shot, she never looks particularly happy about it. It makes me feel like a member of the paparazzi.
This is not the face of a happy Shiva. I dislike how she always looks so solemn. Photos of her remind me of early portraits of Victorian families, back when photography was serious business and people worried the camera may steal their souls.
If I don’t look directly at it, maybe it won’t eat my brain.
Oh well. I guess photographing Shiva is just another skill I need to hone. If I have to take a million pictures of the back of her head, at least it is a very pretty back of the head.