100 strangers and their dogs: A seminar with Mandy Burton
Plough and Harrow, 135 Hagley Rd, Birmingham B16 8LS
Wednesday 1st May, 5pm-7pm
The joy of the photography is being engrossed in a moment; nothing else exists; no past, no present, just the now; no worries or fears; being safe behind the lens; a window to the world.
After initially undertaking the project on her phone, a fellow photographer suggested Mandy Burton developed the project. This idea soon blossomed into a concept of stopping strangers with their pets in the street to take their photograph and ask them a little about themselves and how they came to add a canine addition to their families. She felt interacting with animals was simple, and the connection between the strangers she stopped, and their life-long companions always made for a great image. However, approaching a stranger, and asking them if you can take their photograph, is certainly no mean feat.
Join Mandy for an informal and enjoyable seminar where she will talk you through the story of her ‘100 Strangers and their Dogs’ project; how it came together, how strangers became friends and the struggles and challenges she faced along the way. She will be presenting some of her images and telling the back stories of some of the people that she met along the way.
There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have, and the ‘100 strangers and their dogs’ books will be available on the night.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Mandy is primarily a musician, songwriter, and guitar teacher. She’s one of the founder members of the all female band Eeek.
She claims to be ‘not a photographer’ but is passionate about taking photographs, mostly of dogs. She started by taking photos with her phone but soon progressed into the world of DSLR, and also mirrorless.
Self taught and loving every aspect of learning, in the summer 2018 she em’barked’ on her first photography project, ‘100 Strangers and their Dogs’. She has a massive love, and respect for her canines.
Underconfident and struggling, it happened, despite all the odds. It became a blog, and then a hardback book. Any profits went to help dogs charities. A real ‘pack’ effort.
She loves nothing better than a walk in the great outdoors with her dogs or a cycle down the canal and has currently just started her second project, ‘100 Canines and their Humans’.