The Straits Times recently ran a story regarding volunteers who provide rescue organisations with professional services pro bono (unpaid). I was extremely proud to have been selected to represent the many people island wide who also volunteer their services, also the donors, major donors, business's and medical services who are also heavily involved in rescue. The full story can be found here http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/chipping-in-with-time-and-skills
A small project I worked on with Causes for Animals to help Apollo find A forever home. It was shot at Sengkang Riverside Park and it was crazy hot....!!!! Poor Apollo has been returned twice for no real reason, and he has also not had any queries despite being an absolute hunk and a total Goofball : )
I recently returned form a photographic trip to Bhutan where I got to photograph the landscape, people, festivals, and as a side project - the Street Dogs of Bhutan. While there are currently sterilisation programs in place, the dogs are everywhere....I mean everywhere. They sleep on traffic islands, in the middle of the road, flower beds - you name it. And in all weather rain, hail or shine, nothing seems to phase them....!!! Like the street dogs in Singapore each dog is different to the next...the biggest difference is that the dogs don't actually belong to anyone. They are feed by the community and rove around the community (this is an ongoing project and more images will be added) you can find the gallery here
Hot on the heels of CAS Animals' Day Out is the upcoming launch of Canines Matter on Saturday the 1st of October. I have been working with the business over the last couple of months producing the logo design, internal price board design, external signage, business cards, promo shirts, social media graphic design and photographic media. The business model is that the profits feed straight back into Causes for Animals - Singapore to support rescue animals....how cool is that......!!!!!! : ) You can find more samples of the work in the Graphic Design section of my website
Things have been a bit quiet on the blog as I have been knee deep working with Causes for Animals 2016 Street Appeal. Well CAS Animals' Day Out 2016 has now been and gone and the reaction from CAS was this - 'CAS Animals' Day Out 2016 was one of our largest and most successful fundraisers and volunteer events yet!'
I am extremely proud to have been able to provide the design services for the posters, t shirts, stickers, collection cans, banners, web graphics and photographic services for the posters, stickers and on the day photography......as well as anything else they could dream up. You can find samples of the graphic design in the Graphic Design section of my website. There is also more information on my Facebook Page : )
Extremely pleased to have been selected as the Expat Magazine 2016 Photo Competition - Grand Prize Winner. An open competition that covered many subject topic's from food to travel and most things in between. Some excellent entries, which in itself is always interesting. Seeing how other people view things, even things you may have covered yourself, are always open to reinterpretation by other photographers. Many thanks to Expat Living Magazine Singapore and also to Villa Tasanee in Koh Samui (facebook.com/everasiavillas) Thailand, for the incredible prize
After a period out from behind the desk, I am excited and refreshed to be back. But unlike before I can now draw on my own skills as a photographer and wave goodbye to the boring and staid world of stock photography
My biggest frustration with using stock photography was that you were never sure where that same image could turn up. There was also the compromise that you had to make something fit, which was far from ideal on many occasions
Now I can offer images from my own collection or one off commissioned work that you know will never turn up on a competitors website or print media. I hope to be adding more work to the Graphic Design section soon...!!!
We've all read and seen the feelgood animal stories at Huffington Post so I thought I would like to share one of my experiences that happened a couple of days ago at CAS
I had arrived at Causes for Animals to photograph the adoption photos which I always look forward to : ) On this particular visit however, I was just packing up my gear when I was advised there was one more dog inside - Mary
Mary is a black street dog. Having lived her life on the streets the center provided new challenges for her. The noise from other dogs barking, doors banging and traffic passing by was a whole new world. As I entered the exercise area she instantly began pacing, trying to hide and panting, all signs of stress. I crouched down and sat silently, occasionally talking to her. After she showed sighs of calming down I tried a couple of photos.......terrible. I suggested that maybe today was not the day...........
At this stage Mary trotted up for a calming pat then she looked back at me. I was just about to put my camera away a final time and I thought, maybe one more try. Mary continued to stare at me, but something was different. She stopped panting, was no longer pacing, had turned sideways and was standing to attention.........!!!!! : )
Then her face broke into the sweetest little smile. I quickly took a couple of photos and then thanked her for being so co-operative. As I moved to pick up my gear........ Mary turned to face me and took a couple of steps towards me.......
Again her face broke into the sweetest smile, and she allowed me to capture a photo that has become one of my favorites. I don't know why she suddenly made the decision to trust me. Maybe she realised I was just one of the many people at CAS trying to help her. Whatever the reason I think you can see there is something special about Mary
Hopefully others will see this also and she will find her forever home. I will certainly be sending her positive vibes : )
I am excited to launch a new genre into the navigation section of glennelvy.com. Entitled 'Travel Stories' this section will be home to those images that are not strictly portraits, rather they tell a much larger story. These images will paint a much bigger picture of the lives of the subjects, where they live and how they live. This type of photography requires a much different mindset, as you have no control over anything, other than your camera. I hope you enjoy the journey : )
Recently I worked on a small project for Causes for Animals. The problem we had been having was that the ever popular puppies were flying out the door, but the older dogs were not getting any inquires.... not even a sniff. So working with Christine and Marcus from CAS I put together a short video clip which featured images of the dogs and their stories
The photos were shot on the fly in under two hours and there were 9 dogs to do...!!! So far the clip has had over 16,000 views and numerous likes and shares. Fingers crossed this leads to more dogs finding their forever homes. You can view the clip on my Facebook page
Last Saturday I was invited along to the Cat Welfare Society's charity event - Purzzaar. It is essentially a market, meet and greet and photo opportunity all in one
My job was to document a little bit about the event. It was really wonderful to see people who may want to own a cat (but perhaps can't) get up close and personal with the feline stars. It also made me realise how lucky I am to have my own two babies..... To see more images head on over to my Facebook page : )
I don't like to post negative things..... but this ends with a happy ending, so here goes. I recently had the unfortunate experience of having to rescue a cat. This was no stray, in fact it was our neighbours who moved out over Christmas. Problem was they had forgotten to take him, in fact, they even left the filthy shipping crate on the deck (which turned out to be a good thing). Yes, poor Momo had been abandoned
After capturing him, I checked the crate and found his name and the company that had shipped him. After a call I found out he was 5, desexed and underweight. We also managed to track down the owners who didn't want him : (
However after a trip to the vet and a shampoo, Momo was once again very happy. Through Causes for Animals I placed an adoption notice, and we found the best parents for Momo ever. I have just received an update and some photo's of him and he is a very happy camper
The moral of the story. Pets are for Life.....!!!!!! : )
If you think you have had a rough start to the year, please read on. I personally find this one of the most amazing stories I have come across
I'm Ray. I was rescued from a cage I called home for a year. CAS was alerted of my plight by a kind lady who had seen me in a cage beneath an air con generator. I was caged all day and could not be let out as I was blind. I was found in a drain as a blind puppy a year ago. A kind old man did not know what to do so he climbed in and got me out of the drain and decided to keep me. He built me a make shift cage to live in. Sadly, the area was a very hot one and very small due to the limited space available. The folks from CAS found me a foster home with Suzanne, my foster mummy.
I enjoy cuddles and am great on walks. I also adjusted well to an apartment. The best part, I am HDB approved! I am perfectly fine alone at home as my foster mummy is a school teacher so I spend my day napping while she is away. I am learning to slowly explore the world I have known very little of. I may be blind but I am no different from any other rescue doggie
If you would like to meet Ray please contact Causes fro Animals. Adopt don't Buy
While the weather may not have wanted to play ball, there was no stopping the Mushroom Puppies
Shiitake, Portobello and Button were rescued from an industrial area a month ago. They have been bottle fed and they have since received their vaccines. They are fully paper trained, great with people and love cuddles.
Shiitake is the smaller of the two and is a lot calmer. Portebello is the tom boy of the litter and loves adventures! Button is quieter and loves following his sister around
Like all puppies, they will require lots of love, attention and hard work! If you are keen to meet them please contact Causes for Animals. For more images check out the gallery or my Facebook page
In order to help spread the word about the awesome work Causes for Animals are doing, I have introduced on my Facebook page a feature called 'Dog of the Week'.
This feature will contain more images of a particular dog and try to share a little of my experience with them. This week is the turn of Arya. Arya is 3 months old, fully paper trained and knows basic commands. She is extremely cheeky, loves grass and lives in the moment. As soon as I sit or lay down, you can guarantee she will sprint over for a lick and a cuddle and to smudge my lens with her nose....for more images head over to the gallery or my Facebook page
It's a tough job - but someone has to do it. One of the obvious joys of photographing for Causes for Animals is the opportunity to interact with the puppies. No matter what the circumstances are that led them to being in the rescue center, they just live in the moment. As soon as their paws touch grass.....their off. Mind you with an attention span of about 3 seconds (the puppies, not me.... : ) means I need to be on my toes, and ready to shoot. Having these guys smudge up your lens, chew on anything attached to you (including your ears) generally clowning around and making mischief will have you in stitches : ))....you can find more of the latest cuteness here
The first time I have had the opportunity to be involved in the CAS Animal Day Out Appeal and I was completely blown away...!!! From the detailed organisation, the commitment of the core volunteers, and the outstanding effort provided by all the collectors (and their awesome 4 legged friends : ) Congratulations everyone..... A tremendous team effort.........you can view all my images from the day at my Facebook page
Another really satisfying shoot for Causes for Animals....and some great shots that will hopefully help these puppies and adult dogs find their forever homes.... : )
So why so difficult. Ordinarily you can place these boys and girls under a shaded area and boom - done. However at the moment in Singapore we have the haze (smoke) to contend with coming in from Indonesia, which softens the image, shooting at 1.00pm (hottest time of the day, also softening the image), the heat coming up from the ground (creating a heat haze) and finally the seasonal browning off of the grassed area so the puppies blended in to the surrounding......whew........
My solution would normally be to try and change the session time (but these people are so amazing and giving of their time that I would rather work around that) So my next steps would be to bring in a diffuser to knock down some of the light, introduce some colour using flower petals or colourful toys, maybe even break out the colourful quilt I have dying to try................you can check out the latest images here In particular look for the Singapore Special with the gorgeous eye lashes..............
With the weather in Singapore hitting a balmy 33 degrees (real feel 40 degrees) and the haze, I have decided to head indoors and focus on some studio work instead. I will be adding more to the Urban Category over the next couple of weeks. The theme will be focusing on high key images using only two Canon 580EXII flashes, an SMDV 70 soft-box, an umbrella (shoot through) and a reflector (where needed). Will post a photo of the setup to my Facebook page : )
There's nothing better than seeing your images in print, except when they are also helping a great cause. Two of my images feature in the 2016 Common Cause Calendar (available from all Pet Lovers Stores in Singapore). They feature the gorgeous Candle (as above) and the equally gorgeous Rarity. The best news - both dogs have now found their forever homes thanks to the hard work by Causes for Animals. 100 % of the profit from each sale of the Calender is donated equally to 5 Animal Welfare Groups. With Christmas just around the corner they are a great stocking filler, or a business goodie bag opportunity.......