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Creative Polaroid Dog Photos (Boston Terrier)

My Boston Terrier (Pancake) loves the camera, and my friends love him, and we all love taking trips together. And I love Polaroid film, and my Fuji Fotorama camera, and perfect natural lighting. Going on vacation is always a great excuse for me to work on a creative side-project. Here's a series I did last year that combines all these things: boston terrier polaroid

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This series of Polaroid dog portraits was shot on the Fuji Fotorama with expired Polaroid 669 instant pack film.

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BIRTHDAY EXCURSION//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

This past week I packed up only the essentials (5 cameras, 8 kinds of film, a box of various camera accesories and attachments, 3 camera bags, 1 tripod, 1 light meter, Pancake's life jacket, dog food, and a change of clothes) and headed North for some much-needed R+R. Doubling as a 30th Birthday Celebration, this trip combined basically my favorite things in life: my friends, my dog, my cameras, and nature. polaroid photographer

I love all things Outer-Space, so my friends made me the best box-cupcakes ever! And yes we ate them all.

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I told Pancake to bring a few books at least, but he ignored me and just slept as much as possible. He alternated between sleeping on this apparantly amazing cement porch floor, and sitting in the exact same spot watching all the farm animals across the way.

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The barn on the property was one of the main reasons I wanted to stay at this (secret) location. The old wood and open sides made for amazingly beautiful diffused light. I made all my friends sit for me inside the barn basically every day. I was overjoyed. They were patient and accomodating (and beautiful) subjects, as per usual.

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Pancake, being the little social butterfly that he is, made friends immediately with the neighboring farm dogs. The big one we called "Dinner Dog" because he silently just appeared at the back screen door every evening at dinner time. The tiny guy was called "Oscar", and he and Pancake wrastled for hours on end.

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I'm a very lucky guy, and have the best group of friends a nerdy artsy dog-loving professional photographer could ever ask for. I told my friends I wanted to make robot costumes and take robot portraits while on vacation. After years of obliging my crazy photo concepts, they happily picked up scissors, tin foil, boxes, rusty wire and constructed some incredible hand-made costumes. I even made one for Pancake. Of course, amidst this robot photo project the lonely mailman decided to pull up deliver a package. I think he wanted to stop and make a costume too. Or at least a tin foil letter.

 

Happy birthday to me. Vacation was great. Now on to a busy busy Summer!!

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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:

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I MISS SUMMER // FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

I miss summer. I miss blue skies and happy hot dogs and swimming holes and hikes and perfect Polaroid/Holga weather. Don't you? To encourage a little mind-slipping this dreary afternoon, here are some of my favorite images from last summer's expedition (read: vacation) to The Other Place, in Boonville. It was my first real vacation as an adult, and I honestly did not want to leave. It was magic. It was beautiful. It was warm and breezy and I had my camera up to my face the entire time.

Oh, and the dogs loved it, too.

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