Saturday, February 21, 2015

A photo-fundraiser with photographer Pierre Mardaga

pet photography, dog photography, Pierre Mardaga
Phil demonstrates his running prowess in the Marrickville Municipality for photographer Pierre Mardaga, who throws a commando roll to capture the action.

This week on SAT we mentioned some compelling reasons for supporting organisations that investigate animal cruelty. We found another fantastic way to help raise funds for the Animal Welfare League of New South Wales.

Balmain-based photographer Pierre Mardaga has an ongoing project called “My Dog’s Territory”. He’s currently seeking dogs from the Marrickville Municipality (Camperdown, Dulwich Hill, Enmore, Lewisham, Marrickville, Newtown, Petersham, St Peters and surrounds to be photographed for a coffee table book.
The $35 participation fee goes to the Animal Welfare League.

Apart from showcasing the wonderful dogs in the area, Pierre is using the book to share the unique character of the Marrickville Municipality.

Pierre joined Phil, my friend Draga and I on our walk, pausing to capture Phil in front of iconic sites. Phil is superb talent but hats off to Pierre who, because of Phil’s height (more specifically, a lack thereof), had to get down on the ground for most of the shoot. Pierre also worked around the fact that Phil will only maintain eye contact with one person (moi) so spent the shoot with me looking over his shoulder. He was incredibly patient, a no doubt honed through photographing several thousand weddings. Phil, for his part, is not exactly a dogzilla.

The making of... Draga releases Phil who runs towards me while Pierre takes an
action shot. Can't wait to see the final result!
This is definitely a project during which Pierre is going to get a lot of exercise! Aside from joining the dog and owner(s) on their walk, he has to get up and down, pose and make “woof” noises so that his subjects look at the camera.

Pierre is a well-known wedding photographer but also has fostered seven greyhounds for the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP).

You can also follow the project on Facebook here. Enjoy your weekend, folks!