Scotland’s Hairy Coo

For some reason, I find this animal hilarious. Drive the Scottish Highlands, and you will meet a Highland Cow, affectionately known as the “Hairy Coo,” by the locals. Their coat is tough enough to withstand nearly constant rain and long, cold winters. The bangs over their eyes may function as sunglasses, but makes them look like survivors of neglect. Moving slowly, they seem docile and not very smart, but who knows what they are thinking?

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What is he thinking?

Personality to spare

Many children I photograph act a little shy at first. A few cry or refuse to look at the camera. (As long as I can get the parents to stop pleading, scolding and threatening them, I can usually distract them enough to get some good shots.) Other kids, in an effort to do the right thing, give me the same uneasy smile, as they listen to a parent call out to them, “Be good for your picture!”

But my favorite subjects have so much personality, that they just can’t keep it inside. Every thought seems to bring a new expression, and every minute a fresh willingness to play and pretend. This little dynamo (call him Dennis) brought me great joy with his every move.

Dennis just thinking...
Dennis just thinking…

My assisting photographer called Dennis “the art director,” because he kept running over to me and asking to see his photo on the camera’s LCD.

"Show me sleepy," I asked.
“Show me sleepy,” I asked.

Posing on Dad’s shoulders, he reached for convenient handles…

Father and son
Father and son

After I asked Dennis to “Be a banana,” he obliged. Then he said he wanted to be a Chicken McNuggett.

This is what a Chicken McNuggett looks like.
This is what a Chicken McNuggett looks like.

 

(“Dennis” is not the child’s real name. We protect his privacy by withholding his name.)