It only takes a few weeks and suddenly I find I’ve not posted on this blog – then more weeks go by and I justify this to myself by saying, ‘Oh well, everyone sees my photos on Facebook and Instagram.’ I post an image each day on both of those social media platforms at Jilly Bennett Photography. And then, several of you lovely people wrote concerned for me – was I ill? Is everything alright? How kind and how caring. Thankyou! Follow up emails made me realise that not all of you are on Facebook or Instagram, indeed many of you aren’t. So big big apologies and here we go… The blog got side-lined is because I’m working on a book of dog photography and this has involved travel into Italy and further along the coast from where I live in France. This year I’ve been to Venice and Puglia – in October I go to Rome – and meanwhile have been on shorter trips to Genoa, San Remo, Portofino and other joys along the Ligurian coast and always to photograph dogs. The book will feature dogs of France and Italy and I need more Italian content. Anyway, who doesn’t love going to Italy!
So for today, here are a few images taken on some of those trips. I will still post travel pieces as before – when time allows – but what I promise to do is post regularly, even if I post only a few photos just to keep you in the picture, excuse the pun… No justification for not posting for so long, so no excuses other than ‘woof woof woof…’
The first photo was taken in a backstreet in the historic centre of Bari, in Puglia where a shiba inu guards his family
The photo above and the one below were taken in Venice. I went to Venice with the intention of photographing gondoliers and their dogs. There are four gondoliers in Venice who work with their dogs and I was fortunate to find two of them. Meeting up to make arrangements in tiny hole-in-the-wall gondolier bars was all part of the fun and it was the best fun going out on the canals with them … but those images are for the book!
San Remo in winter with owner and shih-tzu wrapped up against the cold.
I saw this Jack Russell in the far distance running incredibly fast towards me in Nice. By the time I had focused the camera and clicked he’d almost run past. I only had one chance of a shot and fortunately it worked.
Beautiful Martina Franca, in Puglia – these two dogs are from the same litter but with different owners and meet up each evening to play in front of the basilica.
The image above and the one below were taken in Genoa in a beautiful arcade in one of the main streets.
Three adorable dachsunds in Monopoli, Puglia. They were on holiday from Germany
See you soon!
Quelques semaines sont passées et, tout à coup, je me suis aperçue que je n’ai pas publié sur ce blog…. puis quelques semaines encore et je me justifie en disant: «C’est bon , tout le monde voit mes photos sur Facebook et Instagram.» Je publie une image chaque jour sur ces deux plateformes de médias sociaux à Jilly Bennett Photography. Et puis, plusieurs d’entre vous, des personnes adorables m’ont écrit – Es-tu malade? Est-ce que tout va bien? Quelle gentillesse et quelle attention. Je vous remercie! Les emails de suivi m’ont fait comprendre que vous n’êtes pas tous sur Facebook ou Instagram et effectivement , beaucoup d’entre vous ne le sont pas. Donc, de grandes excuses et maintenant, allons-y … Le blog a été en retard parce que je travaille sur un livre de photographie de chiens et cela a impliqué des voyages en Italie , plus éloignés que la côte où j’habite en France. Cette année, je suis allée à Venise et dans les Pouilles – en octobre, j’irai à Rome – et entre temps , j’ai effectué des voyages plus courts à Gênes, San Remo, Portofino et d’autres endroits charmants le long de la côte de Ligurie , toujours pour photographier des chiens. Le livre mettra en vedette des chiens de France et d’Italie et j’ai besoin de plus de photos italiennes . Quoi qu’il en soit, qui n’aime pas aller en Italie!
Donc pour aujourd’hui, voici quelques images prises au cours de certains de ces voyages. Je publierai toujours des pièces de voyage comme avant – lorsque j’aurai le temps – mais ce que je promets de faire, c’est de publier régulièrement, même si je ne publie que quelques photos, juste pour vous tenir au courant. Aucune justification pour un si long silence, aucune excuse sauf “ouaf, ouaf, ouaf !”
Don’t feel guilty, just please let us non-Facebook fans know when your book is published!
Thanks so much Doug and Gina. Made me feel much better! And yes of course I’ll let you know when it’s published. I’m hoping to be ready to present to an editor/publisher later this year. x
un vrai régal
Merci beaucoup, cher Pierre x
oh, jilly, how wonderful to find this collection from you. i, too, am not on facebook and have thought of you so often and hoped all is well. from the quality of these compositions i see you are very well indeed. so glad you posted this!!!
Dearest Karen, so lovely to see you here. I have thought of you often too. So loved your visit to Menton and to me. You are one gorgeous and inspirational lady. So yes, all well. As you gather, the dog book comes first and after that, the Gorbio book, that we spoke of. Love love love to you both xxx
Hi Jilly, I LOVE all your pooch posts & DO hope that one day you will take a picture of my beloved Francesca, a bit timid, but my treasure & always beside me …bliss !
I am often in Italie, do you know Seborga ? maybe there ?
I would love your book when available.
Thanks so much Shireen. We need to meet in Monaco one day – no plans to come to Seborga though – be lovely. Look forward to photographing Francesca one day. x
Welcoming me back to blogging Jilly! Love this post and can’t wait for your book. I already know who I’m buying a copy for – make that two; one for me and one for a dog loving friend. Xx
Wow, Kris, thanks so much! So good to hear from you, dear friend xxx
Thank you for returning to your blog, Jilly! I have missed your wise and funny musings and your captivating images. Looking forward to more, and of course to your book as well!
Teri, thanks so much for your kind words. Means a lot to me. love to you xxx
What beautiful dogs!
I am presently in a facebook suspension state.
William, ‘in a Facebook suspension state’ made me laugh – and I understand! Thanks William for writing xxx
Never been a facebook person!
So happy you are well and having a wonderful (but busy!) time !
Your book will be a hit …. Woof !
Lovely Melinda, so lovely to hear from you. I knew you weren’t on FB of course. Lots of love and thanks to you for your comment. Take care and woof back xxx
That is such a great shot of the Dachsunds…especially the one in the middle giving you the eye.
Yes, when I was choosing, I couldn’t resist that look, Doug x
I’m always glad to see your pictures, especially dog pictures!
Knew you would, Petrea. Me too!
Amazing photos. Why dogs are always so cute?))
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Thank you so much, Valery x
I love this so much. I just found your blog today and was transported by your wonderful pictures. 🙂 I used to travel full time, but am now building a good life on a small farm in Australia. Seeing your images today was a lovely escape that brought back beautiful memories. 🙂
Krista, thank you so much for your beautiful words. I immediately went and looked at your blog and it’s absolutely beautiful. So much to look at and I love your writing. Big hug to you xxx
Jilly they are all so adorable, each and ever one makes me happy and makes me smile. You are going from strength to strength and I’m cheering from here. Love to you always. Millie xxx
Millie, thanks so much. So apprciate your words – I can hear you cheering. Miss you my friend! Loving your work and the success you are having with your beautiful photography. Adored the Northern Territory images! xxx
Very nice set, Jill, it was worth waiting the end of your holidays for it…
How do you decide color vs/ B&W? You are bold, choosing to mix the two, as you add a layer of complexity to editing and sequencing.
Hope to see & read more soon.
Love your blog! We met in Venice in May 22-23…I am Patricia from Cortona, Toscana and had my little white Chihuahua of 5 months, “MIA” in a nap sack on my chest. Please let me know when your book is published.
Continue with your beautiful photos and adventures! Saluti, Patrizia
Patricia, How lovely to hear from you. So happy to find you here. I’ll send you sone photos shortly. Not sure if I have yuor email address but if not, please could you send it to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks so much. It was such a pleasure to meet you and your little beauty in Venice and thank you for allowing me to take photos. xxx
Apologies Patricia for the typos! I was typing in the wrong place and wouldn’t see what I was doing…..