This is an album with photographs of Orion the border collie. The first one is from the past summer, right after we took him with us, and the last one is a really recent one. It can be seen how much he has grown up and how he changed in that period. The common between all photos is that they have all been taken on film and all of them are with a Nikon F4 camera, except for the first one which is with a Zenit 11 camera. They are all placed chronologically in the article.
The image below was made in the apartment where we lived in “Mladost 1” in Sofia. We hadn’t taken him out yet because of the needed vaccinations and his known world was pretty much limited by this apartment.
Regular walks out we began to make to a small grassy garden near the block. There he met his first friends.
From the thirteenth floor the whole neighbourhood is visible and there is always something interesting going on – at least for him.
As soon as we moved to live by the Vitosha mountains we go for walks in the nature almost every day. Me and my wife were not familiar with the location so we explored the paths together with him. We moved to the new place at early Autumn and its colourful landscapes, which gave place to the dark and wet late Autumn.
In the Winter the days are very short and it is hard combining work and walks. IN the location there are no gardens and parks with proper lighting and very often we had to go out either very early in the morning or in the dark evenings.
Orion on a walk on an Autumn morning – Nikon F4, Nikkor 18-55, Ilford Delta 100 ASA
As to photographing, at the beginning it was hard to take a decent photo of him. Mainly because he constantly moved. And it still is hard, but I can say that I started finding ways to do it. The truth is that I cannot expect from him to stay the way I want him to or on the place I want him to. This is why I simply stopped trying and started photographing him his way – where and however he decides. Visible communication is also very important – for example if I am going to make an eye contact or I will hide behind the camera. And also I have many “failed” photographs which on film are more expensive than digital. Another difficulty comes from the fact that the light sensitivity of the film commonly is not more than 400 ASA and most of my frames are on a film of 100 ASA.
Walks with Orion are a lot of fun and although many times I wish I stayed at home where it is warm and have a rest, for now I have never regret going out on a walk instead.