WHY DOGS?

You might think I photograph dogs, but I don’t. Not really.

My inspiration comes from a wide range of places, includingbut not limited to Vogue magazine, People magazine, reality TV, John Szarkowski, Joan Rivers, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Diane Arbus, Mad MenBreakfast at Tiffany’sBest In Show, Woody Allen and Golden Gate Park at dawn. I draw my color pallet from Dutch Renaissance painters, Gerard Dou, Rogier Van Der Weyden and Johannes Vermeer.

Most of all, I am inspired by the Dog.

The dog has adapted to the human world like no other animal. When primitive man sat around the proverbial campfire, a myriad of beasts lived, breathed, and ate nearby, yet of all of these only the dog emerged as our domesticated companion.

We humans have been creating images of dogs nearly as long as we have been creating images of humans. As far back as 900 B.C., ancient Egyptians paid tribute to their pets by mummifying and painting them along with their human owners. In the 1600’s, artists such as Diego Velazquez and Anthony Van Dyck painted pastoral scenes showcasing regal hunting dogs alongside their owners.

Us dog lovers know our dogs are so much more than companions.

The dog is slobbery and kooky and soulful and precious. Next to Steve Martin, Jennifer Coolidge and Sarah Silverman, they are the funniest creatures in the world. We are enthralled by them, the gentle gaze, the unconditional love, the stories of dog as hero. When I was a teenager, our springer spaniel was my coolest and nicest friend.  When I failed algebra, she licked my face.  When I was lonely, she curled up in bed with me until I wasn’t lonely anymore.

You might think I photograph dogs, but I don’t. Not really.

Here is what I do: I work with dogs and their humans. Small dogs, big dogs, diva dogs, shy dogs, funny dogs, happy dogs, unusual dogs. The dogs and the humans and I get together, and together we make pictures.

“J’embrasse mon chien sur la bouche!” (I kiss my dog on the mouth.)
 — Unknown

 

 


 

 

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