Walk­ing Styxx

Photo book, David Fir­man, 48 pages, dfir­man@mts.net, Walkclick­make.com

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Styxx, short­ened from his orig­i­nal name Firestyxx, is a grey­hound. Or, more cor­rectly, he’s a lurcher. So be­gins Walk­ing

Styxx, a de­light­ful look at a Win­nipeg­based pooch, res­cued from a life of heck and plucked into pages of this sweet lit­tle book. His hu­man dad is a pho­tog­ra­pher named David Fir­man and Mr. F is clearly quite smit­ten with his lithe com­pan­ion. Edi­to­ri­ally, Walk­ing Styxx is not very high con­cept: it’s merely a col­lec­tion of Styxx pics taken on dog­gie walks over a 34-day pe­riod in the sum­mer of 2014, one per day. Ev­ery walk is unique and ev­ery photo in­cludes a map to show the route the two pals took. The images were shot on an iphone 5 and Fir­man maxes out the tech­nol­ogy with a ton of fan­tas­tic shots of the cu­ri­ous ca­nine, some at play, some at pause and oth­ers, just pure and easy con­tem­pla­tion. Yes, it’s a great col­lec­tion of smi­ley dog photos but also, it does give mi­cro-glimpses into life in Win­nipeg, which is also quite com­pelling. You don’t see much but that’s ac­tu­ally kind of ef­fec­tive be­cause it forces the reader to craft their own re­al­ity of what was and what is. And the best part? It’s a dog-in­fused re­al­ity! (Cam Gor­don)

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