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NEW INSTANT DOG PORTRAITS//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

A new favorite image from my ongoing Instant Dog Portrait series with The Impossible Project's PZ600 instant film. I'll be teaching a CLASS with The Impossible Project on Aug 28, 2011 at their famed New York gallery space. If you've got a soul at all- you'll be moved by The Impossible Project's creative drive, fearless exploration of instant photographic processes, and gorgeous new generation instant films (that all work with your old Polaroid cameras). It's exciting to see instant film come back to life, and I'm excited to talk to my New York students about these new films, how to get perfect exposures, and how to work with a live dog model.

 

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NEW POLAROIDS//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Sometimes I think I can't cram anything else into my schedule- between a full calendar of Fine Art Dog photography clients, teaching more photography seminars than I've ever taught before, and travelling back and forth between SF/LA/NY, my Summer is pretty busy. But I love being busy. I thrive off of it. I think it has something to do with my genes, coming from a family of very hard working people who have made careers for themselves through a whole lot of dedication and long hours. Ok, so none of them are kooky artists who wear jeans to work and have tattoos and play with dogs all day. But still. As exciting as it is to be busy and have new clients coming through the studio door, I still need to find time to be creative and inspired. This weekend's work trip to LA was a great opportunity to get a little personal creative time in. I love driving. I love long road trips through the middle of nowhere. A 10-day road trip is what brought me to California, and along the way I probably shot through 25 packs of instant film because I was so inspired by everything I saw through the windshield. Driving to LA for work is just as inspiring, heading down the 5 for half a day. This time I brought along one of my favorite Land Cameras (the Super Shooter), and some old expired Polaroid 690 film. Nothing in this world brings me a greater sense of immense joy than holding a Polaroid camera up to my face and creating instant images. When the inspiration in your head becomes a tangible photograph- that is pure magic. And that inspiration keeps me fueled through all the work I do with my clients.

Here's what I created this weekend somewhere between SF and LA, on I5:

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INSTANT STUDIO SESSIONS ARE A GO!!//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Holy wow- its alive! Its instant, its amazing, its exciting, its analog, its beautiful, its completely one-of-a-kind. polaroid dog photographer

I've finally launched the long-awaited Instant Studio Sessions, and I couldn't be happier. It's true- I love black and white film, I love my darkroom, and I love my Hasselblad. But what do I love more than all these things combined? You guessed it- instant film. I don't care if it's Fuji, Polaroid, etc. It's all magical, and has characters and detail that you honestly cannot replicate or find in any other photographic process.

I consider myself a bit of an expert with instant film. Because it is such a tempermental kind of film, you really need to connect with the process. There is a mysterious connection I have with all my instant cameras- I know every unique little feature, I can predict each beautiful imperfection it will produce, and how each camera will react with various instant film types. With my Instant Studio Sessions, I now get to bring clients into that creative and magical process. Clients watch as each instant print is pulled from the large format studio camera, carefully processed to perfection, and developed right before their very eyes. Squeals of joy and tears of happiness are very common reactions.

Each session is fun and exciting, but also incredibly unique. You honestly cannot get these kinds of photographs anywhere else.

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Do these images look familiar? Well, the highly recognized Doggie Gaga Project used this exact same process. Pretty cool.

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH Rt.66//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

When I left my small town on the rural East Coast and headed to sunny California, I knew I was in for adventure. I saved up some money from painting houses for a year, and planned a 2 week cross-country road trip along the famous Rt.66. What, do you ask, did I bring with me on this life-changing excursion into the unknown? You guessed it: 25 Polaroid cameras and a coller full of instant film.

Ok ok- I shoved a suitcase full of clothes in there, too. And maybe some snacks and my phone and a bunch of road maps. Oh, and some good company. But mostly it was my cameras. I was chauffeuring them across country, taking them to see the sites. And I couldn't have been happier. My road trip along Rt.66 was one of the most inspiring, creative moments of my life. There was no expectation, no rush, no rules. I had created a situation for myself in which I was facing beauty, color, texture, openness every day for 2 weeks. I explored every abandoned building and broke-down gas station I came across, ate home-made pies in Texas, tortillas in New Mexico, terrible fake-vegetables in the MidWest.... and in the end I created an opus of instant work that I will forever be proud of.

In order not to bore you to tears, here are just a few of my favorites. I felt like I could drink in the blue skies through my cameras, and ended up with boxes and boxes of Polaroids when I finally arrived in San Francisco. One day, I'll go back. But for now, enjoy these: (all images taken with a Spectra Polaroid camera, Spectra/Image film)(and yes of course I also shot my LandCameras, but that will be another post)

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