The Emotional Value of Great [Dog] Photography

It was a mild summer night in July of 1993. I was strolling along the banks of the river Rhein close to downtown Cologne, Germany. The city lights were reflecting on the river, creating some bizarre shapes and reflections. As I was getting closer to the large railroad bridge that is feeding into the heart of Cologne, I could finally see what I would describe as one of the most beautiful settings in Germany. A larger-than-life cathedral that is reaching far beyond any other building in downtown Cologne. It took over 600 years to build the cathedral and it is hard to comprehend how those who embarked on building this magnificent construction were able to create something so massive when they started in 1248 AD. 

 Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom).  The railroad bridge is leading into the underground station next to the cathedral.  

Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom).  The railroad bridge is leading into the underground station next to the cathedral.  

Standing for the first time right in front of the cathedral trying to comprehend that it took countless generations of masons and architects to build the cathedral caused me chills and butterflies. I have a picture of this beautiful cathedral hanging in my house and I experience the same emotions every time I look at the picture even though it has been over 25 years since my initial encounter. 

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what a great picture can do for you.  It captures emotions and memories and preserves them indefinitely. 

If I would have had a smart phone (which did not exist in 1993) to take a picture of the cathedral, I would have probably lost the picture within the first three years of taking it.  So, how did I end up with a large print of the cathedral in my living room. Well, that is easy, I purchased a print that a professional photographer had taken when I visited Cologne a few years ago. Problem solved.

The real problem is that nobody is taking pictures of what matters most to you. Unless you hire a professional photographer, chances are you end up only with snapshots on your phone or somebody else’s phone.  I am not suggesting that you shouldn’t take any pictures with your smart phone, but how many pictures that you have taken with your smart phone are currently hanging in your home? And how many pictures have you lost over the years when your phone stopped working, was upgraded but nobody transferred your pictures over, or one of your children accidently loaded an app on your phone that erased your phone’s hard drive?  

What is most important in life to you?  For many of us pets have become part of the family and our day-to-day lives. I personally could not image waking up in the morning without being licked in the face as a sign that my furry children are fired-up and ready to go for their morning walk.  If you are an animal lover and you want to eternalize your love with your little (or large) furballs, you should check out the k9photo guide to wall art for some inspiration on how to display your four-legged children to make them a permanent part of your family’s journey because we know all to well that their lives fly by 7 times faster than ours.  

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Michael Puck