The Bark by Mark Ross

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One very sweet Dachshund named Dustin at the NYC shelter where I photograph animals as a volunteer photographer. He’s not snarling at me, he’s barking at me because I’m about to leave him after spending some fun time together and he doesn’t want me to go. This photo caught him midstream, right in the middle of a bark. It made me laugh when this first came up big on the computer screen. BTW, look at that twisted nose! Dustin’s a total lover boy and a gentle little soul. A stray, 9 year old dachshund found roaming alone on the mean streets of the Bronx, NYC. Not where anyone was expecting him to wind up! Click once on Dustin to see him bigger and better.


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Something catches my eye and I photograph it, always with the intention of reworking it into something I can call my own. My thinking: It’s not what you look at that matters but what it is you see and how you see it. That’s what matters. That’s how the artist shines through.

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  • danamh40
    danamh40about 4 years ago

    Mad Dog LOL!! Such a great capture!

  • Haha thanks Dana!

    – Mark Ross

  • NUNSandMoses
    NUNSandMosesabout 4 years ago

    This is excellent Mark, so much personality comes through. I’ve been looking through your gallery and love your work…especially the shots in the down series. Top notch!

  • Thank you Phil. Some artist when asked about creativity said, “It’s not about having better eyesight; it’s about having better insight.” I liked reading that! Cheers!

    – Mark Ross

  • JimFilmer
    JimFilmerabout 4 years ago

    excellent work… both the image and the work that you do to bring to everyone’s attention re-the life of pets and strays

  • Thank you Jim. That’s a mighty fine compliment you’ve paid me! It’s very gratifying work, though not easy to do for many reasons as you can well imagine.

    – Mark Ross

  • Mel
    Mel Brackstone...about 4 years ago

    awww the poor old love….he must enjoy your company so much!!! What a fab picture!

  • Yeah, we’re mates. He liked being photographed. Some do, some don’t, pretty much just like people. Thanks for the compliment!

    – Mark Ross

  • insolitus
    insolitusabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture. Daft as it sounds I have been savaged by a dachsund. My latest dog is a rescue and looks really vicious when approached by people she doesn’t know well – see Milly

  • Thanks for the praise. I can’t imagine this little land shark savaging anyone but I know what you’re talking about w/respect to this breed. I grew up with the next door neighbors dachshund chasing me whenever he decided he wanted to and all I could do was run for my life, lol!

    – Mark Ross

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaabout 4 years ago

    OMG Mark, Dustins nose is just too funny :)

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  • Haha yeah! Thanks for the feature Susanne!

    – Mark Ross

  • Christina Thomas
    Christina Thomasabout 4 years ago

    All i can say is wow !! I love it.

  • Isn’t he a winner? I’m very pleased you like it. Thanks!

    – Mark Ross

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...about 4 years ago

    YIKES! what a little menace

  • Hahahahaha nah not really. I’ll bet nobody’s seen what a bark looks like because it happens so fast. This is like a slow motion take where you get to see it as a demonstration. Conclusion = yeah, menacing, lol!

    – Mark Ross

  • Alexandra Wise-Brogna
    Alexandra Wise...about 4 years ago

    It’s a great capture and congrats on the feature! I hope someone takes him home soon!!

  • Good chance he’s already been taken. There was some sincere interest in Dustin right off the bat. Purebreds always get scooped up first, along with the babies. Thanks for such a nice compliment!

    – Mark Ross

  • Royald
    Royaldabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Diane! Great stuff here, really tops!

    – Mark Ross

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