Do you know what happens when you combine photojournalism with black and white dog photography? A soulful and passionate world!
Southern New Hampshire based photographer, Cheryl Senter is the one responsible for such a world. While she was building her freelance career as a photojournalist, she started photographing her dogs as a positive therapy to help her deal with a tough moment in her life. And she found an alternative path.
But now, that alternative path is consolidating so much that she just won the first place on animal category in the 2015 Boston Press Photographers, with a picture of Bella –one of her dogs– turning her head against the wind.
“I really believe that black and white forces you to think differently, use areas of the brain that are rarely stimulated in this day and age. I find color at times actually distracts from the image”
And when you see her dog pictures, you can definitely see that soul. There’s a story behind them waiting to be told, there’s a moment interrupted that will carry on after the click, there’s a real world witnessed by the camera… It’s not a posed moment or a prepared studio scene. That’s where her photojournalism career shows. And the results are incredible.
But something even more incredible is that all of her dog pictures are taken with her cellphone. In case you wondered –and I bet you did, the app she uses is snapseed.
She has two rescue dogs, Bella and Rudy. Bella is a husky mix and Rudy, a Chihuahua mix. They have very different personalities and that’s something Cheryl has to work with so she can get some good shots. She says it’s not an easy task because they are not fans of having their picture taken.
“When out in the woods I follow Bella around, look for patterns, anticipate what she is going to do and try to be there to capture the moment. Sound familiar? It’s exactly what I do on my work assignments”
Cheryl plans to continue photographing her dogs and one day, she will donate her photographic services to local shelters to pay forward what her dogs have given her.
In the meantime, why don’t you check out her Instagram accounts?
There’s @cherylsenter, where you can see her daily life with her dogs. Then there’s @seeclicksend, where you can see her daily job pictures with a very human touch. And finally there is @tea_journals, where you can see images from visual journalists from all over the world that also combine their perspective with animal photography.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy her pictures. Let us know what you think!