Kristie Lee, Dog Whisperer
by Jacqueline Tobin
July 12, 2013 —
Lee, who arrived in Manhattan this past March, has an unrelenting passion for photographing dogs, so much so that she recently started a blog, www.dogsandthecity.net, where she posts portraits of her recent subjects. She also likes to include a short profile on each one (courtesy of the dog’s owner) and sometimes gives her own input too.
Case in point—her most recent canine obsession, a bulldog named Tugboat (above). “Tug is the unofficial dog mayor of the building he lives in on East 57th Street,” Lee writes on her blog. “He resides there with his caretaker, Janet. The name Tugboat was borrowed from a friend of Janet’s in Chicago. One could not think of a more perfect name for the lovable, strong and steadfast honorary guard dog of the building. As he sits in front of the building watching the world pass one can only smile.”
Her passion for this genre of portraits is so strong that she is currently talking to the Humane Society to offer her portrait services to help dogs get adopted. “I like to capture the personality of the dogs and these days a lot of people don’t even go into shelters, they just go online to adopt,” she says, “and the images are so bad. I think if they have beautiful images, the dogs have more chances of finding homes.”
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