Thanks to all this wintry weather in Albuquerque right now, I’ve had an abundance of photo opportunities for the Ice Project. Here’s the newest piece. ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️
The backstory: ⬇️
It started when Theo was brought to a high kill shelter in Aztec, NM, when he was two years old....and then saved from Aztec with a group of dogs and brought to Watermelon Mountain Ranch, a no kill shelter in Rio Rancho, NM.
I adopted him from there and he had a host of problems.....Giardia, he wouldn’t go on a leash, I had to carry him in and outside because he had threshold anxiety, he was scared of everything and showed signs of having been abused, etc.
He also wouldn’t eat if anyone was watching and so I always fed him outside.
When it got cold in the mornings, I would notice that the ice in his bowl had frozen and I would take it out to refill the bowl and thought that it was really beautiful.
I started photographing the ice (without manipulating it; in and around my home) as a project for myself and as a way to transform the mundane.
I’ve been doing this for four winters now.
Theo has come so far since I first adopted him. He still eats outside but he’s a really sweet dog (and a super protective guard dog!) and has overcome many of his anxieties.
I’ll continue the Ice Project until I get at least 100 images or maybe forever, who knows...
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”