|Joanna, my Boss.|
The Animal anti-cruelty league does good work when it comes to taking care of the animals that get neglected here in South Africa where there seems to be a growing problem in this area. The animal anti-cruelty league however assists with education at schools, mobile clinics in the less affluent areas and with prosecution in cases of cruelty. They also run an adoption program, two puppies were adopted while we were there on Friday which is very heartening. There are also the facilities to house animals while they are waiting for adoption.I must tell you that for me this was a very traumatic visit. Seeing animals who have been abandoned and now spend their days in a cage just breaks my heart.
|Pooja, one of the designers|
My better pictures, in my opinion, were the close up images, I have this thing about filling the frame and composing my pictures with less wasted space. When the subject is moving round like a crazy thing it does get tough to get nice pictures, it all has to do with shutter speed. People, it seems, move around a lot so a shutter speed of no slower than one fiftieth of a second works much better. This means a lot of fiddling with ISO and aperture to get the right exposure.
|Lauren, one of the sales ladies.|
One of the interesting aspects of visiting the kittens was having to wash your hands between handling different kittens. There is a disease going round in Johannesburg called F.I.D.S., Feline immune deficiency syndrome, AIDS for cats, which is very contagious so in order to protect the kittens there is no touching one kitten then another,wash your hands first. The "Cages" the kittens are in have a glass window on one side, maybe I should clarify that, more like a glass wall so visitors can view them, with a passage between. What was nice about this arrangement was that no one can touch the kittens without supervision, you can imagine a whole bunch of school kids trooping through this facility, what a nightmare to keep control of.
|Dog cages on the right with the senior centre on the left|
|Lelo having a blast|
|Crimelda listening very intently|
Unfortunately Crimelda didn't want her photograph taken and so I only have two pictures of her while listening to the facility manageress discussing the problem they were having to deal with with regards to one little puppy. She's a very bubbly and alive person.
Sam was there too and she was so happy to be playing with the animals it was quite touching, all she wanted me to do was take pictures of the puppy she was holding. A sweet girl with a very sweet little puppy to cuddle with.
|Sam the designer in a happy place.|
The other lady in the group is Ciara, also a designer. With her things went a bit differently. Ciara is new to the company and is the person who is doing the design for the Animal Anti-cruelty League show stand. She studied design at some university or other but was lacking, according to her, in one specific area, photography. She was chatting to me about not having a camera and even if she did have one she wouldn't be able to use it, no idea how. Well, you can imagine, this was just up my alley, I love photography, as you already know, and I know how to use a camera. It wasn't long before she was doing all the right things and clicking away, after a very few instructions that is. Her pictures were not the best to start with but it didn't take long before they were nearly spot on. Well done Ciara.
|Ciara, another designer and budding cameraman|