OLDER DOGS . . . DEEPER LOVE
OLDER DOGS . . . DEEPER LOVE
Two passions collided to embody this project on a day in 2012 while Jane Sobel Klonsky sat in her insurance broker's office. She found herself much more interested in her broker, Angela, and her old bulldog, Clementine, who came to work with her everyday, than in insurance questions. On that day, Jane's livelihood and first passion, photography, serendipitously melded with her love of dogs. The idea that eventually developed was a collection of photos and stories documenting the very special relationship and connection between people and their dogs in the twilight of their lives.
Here are some excerpts from those stories.
Published by National Geographic Books
FOLLOW JANE SOBEL KLONSKY AS SHE TRAVELS THE COUNTRY CAPTURING THE EXTRAORDINARY MOMENTS SHARED BY PEOPLE AND THEIR SENIOR DOGS.
"Booker is our ambassador, our priest and perfect company in the woods. Over the years, he has greyed and grown creaky and even a bit deaf. He has had two knee surgeries, various cancerous growths removed and is likely not too far from death. I’ve spent my adult life with him and cannot imagine being without him." - Matt
"My queen of all things fluffy! She is home to me. The place I go to feel better, relaxed, happy, and loved. When we are in the remote corners of our adventures, she is my touchstone to all things good. I feel safe when she is with me and lonely for her when she is not." - Suzanne
"I found her out in the desert on the Pacific Coast of Baja Mexico 14 years ago. She was a pathetic little creature and indeed a puppy. Nearly starving, covered with fleas and sores, I almost didn’t pick her up. At the urging of a friend, I did, and only minutes passed before I knew I would never set her down." - Tim
"I have had the privilege of sharing the experiences of these special people and their rescues, service dogs, purebreds, and working dogs. They are big dogs, small dogs, fluffy dogs, and hairless ones, some lapdogs and those who think they should fit on your lap." - Jane
This project is for the dog lover – old, young, rich, poor, farmer, doctor, student. It’s for those who appreciate the connection, unconditional love and bond that a canine companion provides. It’s for those who can’t imagine life without their beloved dog – often to the chagrin of their friends and family – but with no malice or apology. It’s for all the people who have lost their old dogs, who don’t want to get another dog because they can’t imagine “replacing” their old companion, or just aren’t ready yet.
Jane Sobel Klonsky, founder of Project Unconditional, will soon release a book of photographs and stories of the tender and powerful relationships between people and their older dogs, companions whose journey together will soon come to a close.
The project’s presentation of powerful emotion and compassion, in a uniform and timeless color palette, tells the stories of more than 100 dogs and their human partners from around the country.
Jane Sobel launched her photography career in 1976 as the first photographer to scale the cables to the top of the Verrazano Bridge to get a shot of the start of the New York City Marathon. Jane was the official photographer of the New York City Marathon for the next 10 years.
A major player in the world of commercial and sports photography for nearly thirty years, with clients including Adidas, Black & Decker, Club Med, Pepsi, Nike, Coca-Cola, Xerox and Miller High Life, Jane has produced images for Olympic sponsors and was the official photographer for Avon Cosmetics running and tennis events worldwide for nine years. Her work has taken her around the world to Kenya to shoot photos of a family of Masaai Warriors; to record an international running competition in Tokyo; and to chronicle the untouched beauty of far-reaching places like Papua, New Guinea and Myanmar (Burma). Known for her award-winning lifestyle photography, as well as for her work in fashion, travel, landscape and sports, her work has been published widely, and she continues to do extensive work for Getty Images and The Image Source.
Mother to up and coming filmmaker, Kacey, she lives with her husband Arthur, their two therapy dogs, Charlie and Sam, and two cats, Lucky and Humphrey, in rural Vermont.
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