Dogs are the best creatures on planet Earth. More proof of this undeniable claim is on display in photographer Theron Humphrey’s Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics.
Unfulfilled in his day job, Humphrey decided to embark on a trek across America with the intent to meet, photograph and tell the story of one person each day. He brought along his dog Maddie for companionship. It wasn’t long before his beloved coonhound became the central figure in the project when she showed an uncanny ability to pose in cleverly composed positions: on top of a car, on soup cans, in a window sill, on state park signage, on a mailbox, on a fire hydrant, on a 10-speed bike, on a basketball rim, on a horse and much, much more.
The book features 120 color photographs from the duo’s 65,000-mile journey, and not all of them are based on unique feats of balance and placement: The most affecting shot is of Maddie and Theron, best friends on a trip together.
Humphrey — with a special guest appearance by Maddie — discusses Maddie on Things at 7 p.m. Free. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood, 513-396-8960, josephbeth.com.