Photographer Ursula Roxy Aitchison is snapping people and their pooches for her latest project – You and Your Dog, and you could be a part of it. Having always been surrounded by dogs growing up, and now the proud owner of her handsome Golden Retriever puppy Hugo, the London-based portrait and fashion photographer has turned her lens to our four-legged friends.
As the name suggests, You and Your Dog is all about capturing the connection and affection between people and their dogs, in beautiful, natural settings. So far she has photographed all sorts of people, and she is still looking for more subjects. Her plan is to turn the collection of images into a book for dog lovers, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Cinnamon Trust, who help elderly and terminally ill people with their pets – a cause close to her heart.
What is You and Your Dog about?
It’s about capturing the bond we have with our four legged friends,every relationship is unique and yet we all can relate to the love we feel for our dogs.
Why did you decide to launch the project?
I wanted to create something original and expose it to all the dog lovers out there. Oh and I love dogs!
What’s your background in photography?
I began working for myself as a portrait photographer at the age of 17. I quickly became interested in fashion and stuck with it for eight years. I also enjoy documentary and so I feel that this project imbibes the two.
What are you trying to capture in your images?
I want to get that connection between owner and pet and display it in its prime. Dogs bring out the best in people and this shines through when I photograph them.
You’re donating a portion of proceeds from the project to the Cinnamon Trust. What do they do?
The Cinnamon Trust have a wonderful network of volunteers that help to look after pets for the elderly or terminally ill. They enable these people to stay with their companions during difficult times, because to part with their pets would be so tragic. They take some of the work load with walks, vet visits and other jobs that the owner is struggling to keep up with.
How come you decided to work with them?
There are so many wonderful charities, I was struggling to decide. I hadn’t even heard of the Cinnamon Trust when I came across them at a dog show earlier this year in Hyde Park. I spoke to the lovely people there and instantly it touched a place in my heart. My grandmother had a wonderful rescue Greyhound and was always a very fit energetic old lady, off out in the countryside walking Stanely (her dog ). Unfortunately she was diagnosed with dementia and it was heartbreaking to see her unable to cope with Stanley. There were carers for her, but non specifically for the dog, and she was adamant about keeping him which of course she couldn’t do on her own. To now know that people in these situations can have help makes me so happy and I want to encourage this grow.
What sort of subjects are you looking for, for You and Your Dog?
A contrasting range of both dogs and people.The lady of the manor and the man without a roof on his head in the streets. I want to show how the love of dogs is something we can all hold in common and what a huge part of life they are.
When are you aiming to launch the book?
In a year. I really want to collect as many incredible photos as I can and fill the book with an array of heart warming images.
How can people get in touch with you?
Email me firstname.lastname@example.org