Loss of his beloved lurcher inspired artist’s latest work

Dolly and Nora, is among the pictures in the Port Meadow Dogs exhibition by Rory Carnegie.

Dolly and Nora, is among the pictures in the Port Meadow Dogs exhibition by Rory Carnegie.

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering North Oxford, Jericho and Summertown. Call me on 01865 425498

OVER the years countless dogs have walked with their owners through Port Meadow.

But it was Jericho artist Rory Carnegie who decided to photograph them for a series set to be shown at an international festival, Photography Oxford.

He will display eight of his pictures at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery in South Parade, from September 14 to October 5.

Oxford Mail:

Rory Carnegie 

His Port Meadow Dogs series will be exhibited during the festival of leading photographers in the city next month and October.

The Oxford Mail’s sister paper The Oxford Times is the official media partner of the event – to feature at least 30 leading photographers from around the globe.

The artist was inspired to take them after his lurcher Luca died at eight years old.

He said: “He died tragically from rat poison after having gone for a run and I found that I didn’t have many pictures of him. But we often walked in Port Meadow.

Oxford Mail:

Shadow

“My series is about when you are used to a place and get a certain affection for it and keep going back, because you are still excited to go there each time.

“I am trying to capture that mood of Port Meadow and how it felt to go there with Luca. So when I’m there I meet other people with dogs and ask them if they’d like to come to my studio to be photographed.”

Mr Carnegie said his images were made from taking pictures of the meadow from different angles and layering them over one another.

The pictures of the dogs were taken in his Park Town studio, off Banbury Road in Oxford.

He added: “I would find it impossible to pick a favourite, but I do like greyhounds particularly because of the wild quality they have.

“They always look as though they are hunting and have a certain elegance.

“I have done about 20 to 25 pictures, but will be exhibiting eight.”

A professional photographer, Mr Carnegie has had his pictures featured in The Observer, the Telegraph Magazine, The Sunday Times, GQ magazine and the British Journal of Photography.

  • Don’t forget to enter our photography competition, which could see your pictures displayed alongside world-renowned artists. 

 

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Motorcyclist 'punches pensioner and hits his car windscreen with helmet' after Cutteslowe crash

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

12:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

A PENSIONER was “severely” injured when he was attacked in his car by a motorcyclist in Cutteslowe, police said.

UPDATE: Body found after motorhome fire at caravan site near Chipping Norton

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

11:30am Friday 19th December 2014

A BODY was found after a fire at a caravan site motorhome.

What brilliant picture is in our Oxford Mail Advent Calendar today?

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 9th December 2014

December is Advent Calendar time and we have a special new interactive graphic for you each and every day until Christmas Eve. I've chosen the best 24 pictures of 2014 and I'll be unveiling one a day - so what is behind's today's door?

Oxford United striker John Campbell is keen to make his mark at Hartlepool

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 19th December 2014

John Campbell admits it would be difficult to keep his kit on if he was able to make an impact on debut for Oxford United tomorrow.

‘New £9.2m Leys pool’s too small for contests’

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 19th December 2014

SWIMMING competitions planned for the new £9.2m pool in Blackbird Leys could be at risk due to lack of space, it has been warned.

Six 'all clear' women told they have cancer after investigation into Oxfordshire Breast Screening Service assessments

Oxford Mail:

7:40am Thursday 18th December 2014

SIX women who were given the all clear after breast cancer screening have been told they have the disease following an investigation.

 

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree