Joel & the DogsSubmitted by Murphy1844 at 2011-03-30 04:33:08 EDT
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The subject was a fast-food employee named Joel. His eyes were striking. The photographer said to the boy, Joel, “I want to take pictures of you.” Joel looked at him funny. He was young, and unsure, and insecure, and generally scared to death. Joel said,
“Because you’re striking,” the photographer said.
“Ummm,” the boy said. “No.”
It took some convincing and a lot of time passing to build trust between Joel and the photographer. Eventually Joel agreed. He went to his studio.
From Joel’s perspective, this place was a dump. It smelled like smoke, there were beer cans everywhere, and this guy had a couple big dogs that were unusually friendly. They were German Shepherds, well-groomed and young. Joel grew up with dogs and was comfortable around them, but there was something about these dogs that made him feel at the same time completely at ease and scared to death. It was probably the way they greeted him. At the door, they barked like he was an intruder, but after the photographer said, “nein” out loud, the dogs turned friendly. They didn’t seem to back off though… they approached Joel, the boy, and seemed to occupy his human space.
Normal dogs, when given a command, usually do some investigative sniffing and then back away, both of these weird dogs were right next to him, sniffing his pants and staring him directly in the eyes the whole time they were sniffing.
Joel isn’t very creative with words… he’s more of a feeling kind of guy, but that’s my job. If he were better with words, and had to pick a single one to describe how these dogs behaved, the word would be:
The photographer said, “hey Joel, how’s it going?” Joel, comfortable but still scared of these dogs and the whole situation, said,
“Fine.” He was looking down at the Shepherds. They began circling him and sniffing. Their tales were wagging though, and their bright pink tongues were hanging out of their mouths. The photographer asked,
“Did you work today?”
Joel said, “yeah, I had the early shift.”
The photographer said, “alright, why don’t we get started. I don’t want to waste too much of your time.” Joel said,
“Alright.” He reached down to pet the smaller of the two dogs, touching one of these guys for the first time. The moment he touched his head, the dog pulled his ears back and the dog’s eyes subdued like window blinds drawn down to half-mast. The dog’s eyes wondered around then, for the first time not looking directly at the boy, the subject, Joel.
The word is “rad!”
Wait a minute YOU'RE rad!