Michelangelo’s Sistine has nothing on a terrier and a couple of ranch dogs.
This is a portrait I’m submitting to the Digital Photo Pro “The Face” contest next week, and it remains one of my favorite images. The High Plains stretch out behind Leif as he looks to the south for his father, while Claire, tolerant of Leif’s torture for the moment, looks serenely to the north. The textures in the photo, together with the muted natural tones of the landscape and the fleeting unguarded moment from the pair, combined to make an image that resonates with me every time I see it. Moreover, the image represents a culture–the Great Plains ranch culture–that may not remain in 50 years, and for that reason alone, the image has life.