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WINTER VACATION MAGIC//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

I recently returned from a whirl-wind tour of the East Coast (my stomping grounds). I spent a week in New York City, schmoozing various galleries and animal rescue groups. Had a great meeting with my good friends at The Impossible Project. Bought my first fully custom suit (a modern black cut with red pinstripe lining!!) from Alabaster and Chess. Then I zipped over to Boston for a meeting with one of my favorite Boston galleries, Gallery Kayafas. Schmoozed some of the best dog stores in GBA (that's Greater Boston Area, to you left-coasters), and finally landed on Cape Cod for a few days of R&R. Cape Cod in the winter is a magical place. It is very cold. And very desolate. And very, very beautiful. There is no other place in the world more inspiring to me than Cape Cod. Maybe it is because I grew up spending time out there, worked summers in a hot Cape Cod restaurant for many years, rode my skateboard through Provincetown during the summers. It makes me want to wake up early every day and put a camera up to my face until the sun disappears. It's also where I bought my very first Polaroid Land Camera (of which I now own..... 25?), and thus began a serious obsession with photography. It brings me back to that innocent need to create analog images that still drives my work today.

I don't show my personal work much these days, since I am kept very busy with my Fine Art dog portraiture. But it's certainly a special treat to get to share another unique side of my photography. Here are a few favorite Polaroids from my trip:

winter polaroid

winter polaroid

winter polaroid

winter polaroid

winter polaroid

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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)

polaroid rt 66

polaroid rt 66

polaroid rt 66

polaroid rt 66

polaroid rt 66

polaroid rt 66

polaroid rt 66

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