Introducing Squeaks, the newest member of the Carnival of Fur and Four Legs.
Squeaks may not appear to be the most coordinated canine on all fours. But get this dare devil dog into a precarious situation and he will leave you gasping for breath. Not to mention Dale (or possibly Chip?? eeekkkk….not sure), who didn’t make the cut to be part of the ‘Ratty Trapeze Artists’ act but got back on the horse (or on the dog in this particular case) and continued to pursue his dream to perform crazy antics in the clouds.
Together they inspire others to not judge someone by their spots or size and see the potential greatness in everyone. More deep than you were expecting eh … Surprise!
Well to be honest, I can’t say that I started out with that story when I started this image, but when you are editing for hours…and hours… and a couple more… your mind wanders. And this particular image really started me pondering on how by labeling others or ourselves, we run the risk of limiting our and others potential. It seems to be human nature to want to try and work someone out when we first met them, that’s why we often ask “what do you do?’ “where do you live?”. Besides fulfilling the role of small talk, we are at the most basic level trying to work out if this new human is friend of foe. Do you run or stay? And to do this, we start labeling fairly quickly, their job, where they live, are they partnered or not?, these are all perceived indicators of social standing. When we meet someone why don’t we ask “What is it about your job that you love most?” or “Where have you felt most at home?”. Then you will get an indication of the person before you can put them in a single slot. The problem with labels, while time saving, can be so limiting. True it would be quite the mouthful to introduce your partner as “my lover, best-friend, life coach, and number one supporter, and somewhat awkward in certain circumstances… the guy selling you a movie ticket really doesn’t care. But how many times have you heard when someone get offered a new opportunity – “But I’m not the creative one” “I’m not the smart one”. Says who? Don’t let yourself be labeled or label yourself. For the most part, you can do anything that you really want to do… if you really want to do it.
Anyhoo, that turned into a bit of a rant, my point is, don’t judge big dogs as just being clumsy, coz you never know when they are going to become unicycling kick ass clowns and you’ll look the fool. And don’t judge rats as just being creepy, coz you never know when they have a big kick ass clown dog as a friend who will come and piss on your car.
Behind the Scenes
To sum up a rather long process in a nutshell I turned all of the photos above into a stupid amount of layers as demonstrated below!