About the artist and his dogs…
Hans Rosingh’s life is ruled by passion. Everything he undertakes he does
with conviction. And in a rather unconventional way, to say the least. His
house is hidden behind a forest of trees and undergrowth, situated in the
calm north-eastern countryside of the Netherlands. Lazybones Mastiffs live
there with Hans Rosingh.
Mastiffs in the plural, dogs and bitches, veterans,
adults, youngsters and puppies, all living together, the house and its
surroundings being their domain. For the past thirty years, they have provided
a living proof of what is generally accepted as being an impossibility:
Mastiffs living in a pack.
About the photographs…
From the very first moment that Hans owned a Mastiff, he has taken photographs.
Where ever he is, his camera is, no, his cameras are. The result after three
decades is thousands of photographs. And an amazing proportion of really outstanding
ones. Every Mastiff enthusiast cannot be helped be touched by them, by the really
strong emotional message, the almost unreal composition or the breath-taking type
of the dog in question. His photographs are of such quality that even someone
haunted by nightmares about terrifying big drooling dogs, but having an eye for
beauty will say: this is special, this is art.
About the diary ...
Hans Rosingh has proven to be more than an extraordinary photographer. He is equally
as remarkable as a writer. Look at his numerous diary entries. In a style which is
direct and not at all obsessive, he makes observations which are doubtless influenced
by his scientific training as a biologist, but which instantly strike a cord with
every dog lover. Why? Because his texts are a rare mixture of down to earth comments
on day to day life dictated by dogs and touching testimonies of the breed he adores.
It is no surprise therefore to learn of his dislike of many modern trends such as
the newest teaching methods, socialisation etc.