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When Angela brought Bronson and Dora in to the studio in support of the Claws and Paws animal rescuers promotion she warned that Dora was skittish and may not be up for it.

Needless to say Dora was completely at home, stole the show and is looking to sign up for a modelling agency . Not bad for a resue dog who is still settling in to her new home.

If you would like to donate just £15 to support this great cause and get some lovely pics of your best friend both in the studio and on location – click here .

 

Top dog..

Dog Photography

The photograph in this post is not a very good one to be honest but it was taken very quickly as this dog came up behind me to take a sneak look in my camera whilst I was photographing someone else.

I just turned round and took a snapshot and it had stayed on my file for over 2 years until I read an article all about him published by the Daily Mail.

This well written piece brings home the special relationship between a dog and his owner and whilst his life was one of great adventures that other dogs can only dream about , they all have special places in your families just like Reuben did with his. Fortunately Reuben came from a family of photographers and so they had some proper images to remember him by.

If you want to know more about him then read here and get your hankies ready.

 

The photograph of Billy the Kid..

.. discovered in the USA has been described as the most valuable photograph ever taken and will sell for over $5 million. What is incredible however is that the very same print was sold for less than 80 cents just 5 years ago.
So what has changed to make it so valuable ?

Physically – absolutely nothing . It is still battered and damaged and most of us would have ignored it if we had seen it sitting in a box in a local charity shop. The raw materials are probably worthless even for their scrap value but suddenly the owner of this document has hit the jackpot because of the marks made on this thin metal sheet by a photographer less than 150 years ago.

If you look back in your own family history , you will probably find photographs that may not be as old as Billy the Kid but they are just as rare and just as cherished by the owners. They may not be worth $5 million in the open market but they are priceless to us  – as they may be the only surviving photograph of a lost generation.

Those photographs exist because our forefathers took the time to visit a professional studio and to leave a record for future generations to enjoy.

Nowadays however everyone has the ability to take photographs and whilst that should in theory increase the heritage for future generations many photographs only exist on social media for a matter of hours before they become yesterdays news. They may be stored on discs or computers that have a smallish lifespan or on they are printed on poor quality cheap photo paper that will sadly not last the test of time.

At Perception we believe that we have responsibility for safeguarding your heritage and so all of our products are built for longevity. We use high quality paper, solid timber frames and all of our products come from high quality manufacturers . Heaven forbid that the next Billy the Kid lives in Portishead  – but if he comes to us for a photograph then his photos will still be going strong in a hundred years time.

If you want to read more about the recently discovered photograph click here

so where is Batman?

We are all aware that Gotham City is a fictitious town but it made me wonder where Batman really lives?

It has to be somewhere which has an international airport close by – as Gotham City does. It has to have an International marina for the multi million pound yachts of the rich and famous. Again Gotham City has one and it also needs an art gallery.

Gotham City has commissioner Gordon the head of the local Police and so the town needs a substantial Police presence with its own Chief of Police.

We also know that Batman’s secret lair is in the side of a quarry so it would have to be somewhere with a quarry that has been developed and had extensive building work done to conceal what really goes on behind the face of the quarry.

The town would need banks that are being robbed by the local baddies and it needs its own coastguard or lifeboat because we know that in times of trouble Batman has helped them out .

So does anyone know of a town that has all of these characteristics and if like me you have your suspicions – who is the real Batman .

In case you think that I am letting my imagination run a little too wild has anyone noticed the statue on Portishead Waterfront? Who built that and what are they trying to tell us?

Portishead Superman
Portishead Superman