How Dogs Help You See: Photographing Murphy and the Conception of Dogs on Cape Cod

Dogs are amazing! They make you see things differently when you observe the world through their eyes.

Dog and Flowers

When my friend from Arizona brought her new Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy to the Cape, I was eager to get some great photos of Murphy. On a Fourth of July weekend, we walked to the Wequassett Resort where flowers are so plentiful, they almost seem wild. Murphy had only known life on the desert, so everything here was new to him. I have photographed dogs for many years, but this was the first time I was struck by a dog’s fascination with crushed shells, butterflies, flowers, and the like. Murphy was discovering so much. It was exciting to watch! I immediately began thinking about a book that captured the Cape through Murphy’s eyes. This premise grew to include not only other dogs but dogs doing what they love to do on Cape Cod: run, dig in the sand, swim the waves, explore and discover.

Whether it is Murphy attempting to catch butterflies, or Bella Blu, the Great Dane, running feverishly along the ocean’s edge, these wonderful dogs allow me to see the Cape through their eyes, as if for the first time.

You can find other photos of Murphy in DOGS ON CAPE COD.