Story goes that when photographer Tomáš Werner met a four-year-old Pomeranian called ‘Q’, Werner was out of work and Q was keen to pose. It was a fateful pairing. “It almost seems like Q was waiting to be photographed,” Werner says. So the shots began, and ended, and wound up in A Handbook for Dog Walkers. Q oozes some serious charm, smiling from ear to ear as he poses—genuinely poses—atop all sorts of pedestals. His range is impressive: sometimes he’ll lie with one paw flopped forward, or he might assume a direct profile with his head a precise 80 degrees. Always willing, Q makes an incredible muse, and his ability to work it like the best is complemented by Werner’s eye for location. Pastel-coloured Art Deco buildings in Miami backdrop the story, providing a cohesive narrative. While Q champions the shots, they’d still be beautiful in his absence. As much
as the photographs are about Q, they’re also a homage to the details found everywhere on buildings, homes, businesses, and streets in Florida. An intensely humorous, feel-good look at architecture, and Q, of course. Includes an afterword by Elliot Erwitt.
All images courtesy of Tomáš Werner
A Manual for Dog Walkers © Tomáš Werner
Originally published in Four&Sons, Issue Three.
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A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.
None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?
February 5, 2019