The pictures below are both taken by the same person, in the same place, from the same spot, 48 years apart…almost to the day!
I have carried this picture around with me for a very long time and as you can see it is fading a little now. Mum reckons I was about 4 years old in this picture and I can actually remember the picture being taken. I also knew that it was taken in Sheringham but I didn’t know where.
When I visited Sheringham with my mother a few years ago I asked her where this picture was taken, to my amazement she literally just pointed out of our hotel window to where she thought it was. Mum thought the little boating lake was long gone and was now a flower bed. I was just very happy to find the general area where it was taken. Later that day we walked further up the sea front and to my absolute joy there it was, the little boating lake is in fact still there and as nothing has changed.
I thought it only fitting and quite poignant that the same person that took the original picture should take the same view again. That person of course was my Mother. We both shed a little tear afterwards as my dad is no longer with us, and it was apt that the photo was taken on Fathers Day 2013. I shall treasure both images now forever.
So many times I have heard “Why would you want a portrait painted of your pet? I have loads of photos on my phone…”
Our pets are not just animals they are loved and cherished as part of our families, for many people their pets are their family. We are given these lovely beings for such a short space of time in relation to our lifespan, and we love them with all our hearts. Why would you want to store their images away on your phone or pc?
Of course I am not dissing photography, indeed I am a keen amateur photographer and my hard drive (and phone) are jammed full of images of my pets; dogs, cats, chickens….etc you name it. However consider the two quick questions below.
One. Although the pictures below are nice photographs would you consider placing any of these pictures on the wall as a lasting memory to a beloved furry one?
Two. In comparison these are paintings I have been commissioned to paint, would you be more inclined to display these in your home or give as special gift to someone?
A few of the portraits above are of pets of which have now sadly gone over the ‘Rainbow Bridge’. One of which is my own much-loved Rocky (with the stupid ears). I am so glad I got to paint him while he was alive, I loved every minute creating his portrait. Now he has sadly gone I see this painting as a celebration to him.
In contrast I think ‘people portraits’ are different as we are capturing with the camera multiple memories and ‘moments in time’, a child’s first birthday, weddings, holidays, etc. Painting a pet portrait we are creating a lasting memory of the spirit of that special animal’s personality and the character who shares his or hers life, love and affection with us.
So maybe the question should be ‘Why would you not want a portrait painted of your pet?’