Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics
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Maddie is a sweet-tempered coonhound who accompanied her owner, Theron, on a yearlong, cross-country trip while he worked on a photojournalism project. In his spare time, Theron took photos of Maddie doing what she does best: standing on things. From bicycles to giant watermelons to horses to people, there really isn't anything that Maddie won't stand on with grace and patience. The poignant Instagram photos of this beautiful dog and her offbeat poses have captured the imagination of all those who long for a road trip with a good dog for company. Maddie on Things celebrates the strange talent of one special dog and will resonate with any dog lover who appreciates the quirky hearts (and extraordinary balance) of canines.
MADDIE ON THINGS A SUPER SERIOUS PROJECT ABOUT DOGS AND PHYSICS THERON HUMPHREY Introduction If a man and his dog set out across America with no purpose, they’d get lost. There has to be a reason to leave a comfortable job and drive seventy thousand miles across the country. That comfortable job gave me a steady paycheck, an apartment, and money to buy things. The same sorts of things you might know. But I felt empty. I wasn’t living a good story. I wasn’t waking up creating something
and treats. That morning we woke up, ate well, and celebrated with tiny hats. Basalt, Colorado, April 1, 2012 Basalt, Colorado, April 1, 2012 This is my favorite Maddie image. I love how the curve of her body mimics the mountains. I love the play of colors. And I love how simply the image came together. Wauneta, Nebraska, April 3, 2012 McCook, Nebraska, April 3, 2012 Lexington, Nebraska, April 4, 2012 A movie from my childhood that always stuck with me was Pee-Wee’s Big
ever in the area, ya’ll should stop by and give them a hand. Solen, North Dakota, April 14, 2012 Tioga, North Dakota, April 15, 2012 I never grew tired of taking Maddie images. Most days I would take a new one. But even if you’re doing something you love in life, it’s still easy to get tunnel vision. This is an image that stirred me up again. I loved it so much. We were driving down a dirt road in North Dakota and I saw this tractor alone in the field. Its axle was long enough for two
tough to pinpoint when or why ideas for images would pop in my mind. This one is somewhere between toilet paper commercials and mummy movies. But this is Maddie at her best. Being so patient. She kindly stood still and let me wrap her up. Minutes later she was transformed into a toilet paper mummy. San Francisco, California, May 30, 2012 San Francisco, California, May 31, 2012 San Francisco, California, August 10, 2012 Portland, Oregon, June 1, 2012 Baker City, Oregon,
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