For over three years, John Norton photographed dogs brought to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Among those dogs were abuse victims who transcended their horrible injuries to show what truly amazing spirits inhabit even the smallest, frailest bodies. Some of the dogs became known by a wider audience of concerned people. Some are known only by those whose family they completed. A book of portraits collects images that take you beyond the labels to see these amazing dogs and celebrate their incredible spirit. A portion of the proceeds from sales benefits the shelter's Guardian Angel fund for sick and injured dogs.
As a nature photographer, writer and advocate, John Norton dedicated time away from mountain paths and forest trails to photographing dogs at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, NY. His book, "That Time I Needed Love," is a collection of shelter dog portraits that showcase John's ability to capture evocative images that reveal the plight, struggle and spirit of dogs rescued from abuse, neglect, and abandonment. His portraits helped promote the adoption of hundreds of homeless dogs. Aside from his shelter dog project, John's focus on wilderness and environmental issues continues to grow an expansive portfolio with such subjects as Yellowstone wolves, wild horses, white-tail deer, animal sanctuaries, and the clean up of the Hudson River. His work has been published in national magazines, and he's had three solo exhibitions.