National Geographic: “In Game of Thrones fans’ pursuit of real-life dire wolves, huskies may pay the price”

In 2017 I photographed two Northern Inuit dogs named Odin and Thor, more popularly known as Summer and Greywind from the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones. I had been working on an Ireland guidebook at the time, when I received an email from their owner William Mogmul, asking me if I was interested in photographing them. We arranged a meet up at Castle Ward, the setting for Winterfell in the series. I thought it would make a dramatic backdrop for their portraits, and it gave a great “Sense of Place” to the images.

We had a lot of heavy rain that afternoon, which made keeping the gear dry, a nearly impossible challenge. On the plus side, having the rain also kept the crowds away, so we had the park pretty much to ourselves. For this particular shot, I used a small off camera soft box to give a little pop of light on the dogs.

Last year, I found a home for one of the images in an online National Geographic Animals article by Natasha Daly. To read about the challenges that huskies have been facing, due to the popularity of the show, click the image below.

Image of the Game of Thrones direwolves, Summer & Greywind in front of Castle Ward.

More images from the photoshoot are available in my stock library. Click here to see images of the Game of Thrones Direwolves.