I was down on the Mall Christmas week and I was doing some window and street photography. While standing on one corner photographing some people I heard from off to the side, “See anything good to photograph?”
I turned to see this gentleman and dog sitting on the Baltimore St. stage. I smiled and said, “always.” I started to walk over and as I did I raised my camera at them and took this photograph. Sonny is the dog and his owner said that he doesn’t trust to many people.
I talked gently to Sonny and let him sniff my hand as the man told me about how he bought the dog from someone who would hit him on the head with a rolled up newspaper every time the dog did something that he didn’t like.
After a few minutes I was able to pet the dog and even was able to rub his head and scratch his chin. As I sopped and pulled back Sonny made a little whine and lifted his paw out to me as if to say, “don’t go”. I didn’t.
I found out from listening to the man talk that they go everywhere together. Sonny sticks by the man’s side and does not like to be left alone. I think this gentleman feels the same about Sonny. I’ve seen them before and I could believe real easy how the two are inseparable.
This image has now become my favorite street photo. I think that when I do go into retirement in a couple of months that I’m going to spend some more time on the streets talking with, and photographing, the people who live, work and play in downtown Cumberland.
Look out H.C.B… :-)