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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Mahatma Gandhi | by kern.justin
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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Mahatma Gandhi

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Tomorrow’s post will begin a portrait project that we at tWp hope will become a fixture of the photography you see on this site. We aim to create stunning portrait photographs of Chicagoans big and small and share their stories here with you. Today’s photograph was generated during the first of these portrait shoots - introducing Emma!

 

Emma was adopted by Luc (who you’ll meet tomorrow) through PAWS Chicago - a great animal shelter/adoption agency that works to save the lives of our little friends. Please follow the link to their website to find out how you can help. I give a little money each year to PAWS as a late friend’s family asked for donations in her memory about a year ago and to an Indiana shelter (where we got one of our own fuzzy friends a few years ago), but there are countless ways to help. It was Dostoevsky who said “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”; but perhaps we could say something analogous about the way we treat our animals.

 

Edit: Thanks to Bethany Cox who drew my attention to this quote via the comments section below:

 

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Mahatma Gandhi

 

I like the idea of selling prints of this image and giving all the proceeds to PAWS, but I’m not sure if there is any interest in this. I could have it put in a nice frame and do an auction if anyone is interested - leave a comment below if you are, it would be a great way to give something back!

 

Strobist details:

 

Taken with a Sigma 14mm f/3.5 on a Nikon D700, f/5, 1/200, ISO 800, tungsten WB.

 

Mike was setting up for another shot and I had the softbox in my left hand (powered now by Mike’s SB-900 with one full CTO filter and a Pocket Wizard), and my cam in my right hand - Luc asked if I wanted to see Emma’s “old man” smile. I held the softbox as far as I could out of frame and leaned in with the 14mm - again sky is underexposed and shifted to a deep blue with a tungsten white balance. I cropped this bit from the center of the frame.

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Taken on May 17, 2009