And thank you for being here.

It was natural that my love of dogs and my passion for photography should find each other. Much of my life was spent in the world of dogs, first as a breeder and exhibitor and later as an International judge of Old English Sheepdogs.

Later, when I moved to a French hill village overlooking the Mediterranean near to the Italian border, my life became one of caring for dogs in my home when their humans go away, something I love to do. But I’ve also been blessed to be able to give a forever home to a string of unwanted and abused dogs - I’m always drawn to the oldies so it’s no wonder they get to the sofa first!

We rescue them but really it is they who rescue us. It seems to me a perfect arrangement.

One of the many joys of photography is seeing my work and these ‘stories’ in exhibitions, in magazines, on posters, or people’s walls. I am currently working on a book that brings the moments and the stories together.  It is the interaction between a dog and his or her human that fascinates me and it’s that emotion I love to capture with my camera.

Dogs, life on the streets - and photography. Emotion, feeling - that's what it's all about...


Jilly Bennett