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NEW: Locals Series Polaroid dog portraits

My new "Locals Series"  series is going really well. It's such a wonderful excuse to get me out of the studio on a beautiful day, photograph with one of my favorite cameras, get to know some locals, and give away free totally unique Polaroid dog portraits.  The "Locals Series" started in New York, and since it was so popular over there I decided to bring it to San Francisco. Once or twice a month I'll wander over to a new neighborhood park with my beloved Fuji Fotorama (see below) instant camera and some of the last remaining original Polaroid Sepia pack film left on the planet. I like to look for dog/human pairs that really exemplify the essence of each neighborhood. I introduce myself, tell them a bit about the project, juggle my light meter, camera, film timer, film, dog, owner, and a sharpie and magically create 2 instant dog portraits in the span of about 5 minutes. It's a fun challenge. Once the Polaroid is dry, I sign the back for authenticity and watch people's faces light up as they fall into the warm hues and crisp detail of their new Sepia portrait. The images below feature some great Dolores Park locals. polaroid photographer

 

 

 

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polaroid photographer And for all you photonerds, this is what the dreamy Fuji Fotorama FP-1 looks like. These were made in Japan in the early 90s as an instant proofing tool, and are very hard to find. Unlike the majority of instant Polaroid pack-film cameras out there, the Fotorama gives you aperature, shutter speed, and focus controls and a superior lens. In a way, they are similar to a large format field camera (collapsable view camera).

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NY, NY//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

So, I got stuck in Irene. The devastation and long-term effects of Hurricane Irene on various parts of New England are truly heartbreaking. People lost their homes, roads are completely out, historical buildings have been washed away, and entire farms are under water. It's terrible, and I hope the recovery initiative moves quickly and gets my fellow hearty New Englanders back on their feet soon.

 

I was lucky. The hurricane totally messed up all my New York plans, but we didn't see any damage thankfully. So instead of teaching my "Instant Dog Portrait Class" with The Impossible Project over the weekend (the entire city shut down for two whole days), I made a rain-date for free Polaroid dog portraits at a fun NY park after the storm. It was an incredibly perfect day, and we were swamped with people for about 6hrs straight. I was juggling 2 cameras, running with the good spots of gorgeous open shade, making use of a quick 30 second window to bond with each dog and dog owner, and blowing through film (both medium format b/w and some incredibly rare Polaroid instant film). Every single person that stopped by walked away with a signed original Polaroid portrait of their dog. It's hard to impress a New Yorker, but we had no problem making people smile and feel special when we handed over a warm-toned Polaroid of their beloved beasts. It was such a fun, long shoot.

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My good friends Anne and Dave (the head honchos of The Impossible Project in New York) travelled all the way down from SOHO, showed up like little photo genies, and handed me 3 packs of my favorite Polaroid film. Then they both stuck around, helped load film, peel polaroids, talk to dog owners, make sure I was developing correctly, and nerd out with me about my process. Oh, and take some awesome photos of the original Polaroids I was pulling, as well as some behind-the-scenes stuff.

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What an incredible day! My week in New York was a pleasant reminder that I can work hard, push through any challenge, and still remain inspired and excited to do my photographic work. Getting to work side-by-side with my favorite studio partner (The Impossible Project), while doing what I do best (feeling cretively inspired by animal companions) was the perfect way to end a productive and fun month on the East Coast. I'll be back again in the Fall for more clients, events, and Polaroid shoots.

All photos by: Anne Bowerman/Dave Bias

Polaroid film provided by: The Impossible Project

 

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