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THE ANALOGUE PROCESS//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Most people know that three of my favorite things are traditional photography, Pit Bulls, and collaborating with other unique artists. Really, any excuse to pull these things together is a real win/win for me, so recently I asked local analogue guru Christine Zona (of the famed Zona Foto, celebrated expert Lomographer, toy camera teacher, and world traveller) to put me in front of her camera. I wanted to articulate in a fun and easy visual way the complexities and beauty of analogue photography- from loading my camera, to hand-processing film, making darkroom prints, metering my subjects, etc. Christine's creative mind decided to take the entire story out of context and into the studio. Genius! So 842 photographs later(!!), we had a stop motion video that goes a little something like this:

 

Between Bullet (that handsome hunky Pit Bull) licking my face and Christine making me laugh, it was hard to remain serious through our entire studio shoot. But then again- this is art we're making. Art that I am so incredibly passionate about, proud to be keeping alive, and honored to be able to share with my clients. Traditional photography is a mysterious, difficult craft. It takes years of practice and focus. But it's also a lot of fun and sometimes I just can't help smiling when I'm doing one of my favorite things of life: taking pictures.

 

Want to learn more about my process and help carve out your own niche in the world of analogue photography? Then be sure to sign up for one of my upcoming classes - you can find a list of them here: TRAVEL/CLASSES

 

A big THANK YOU!!! to Kristen and Bullet for being such willing, patient, and sweet models.

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A VERY SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

I can't believe a year has already gone by. Can you? Exactly one year ago today I was in the studio with a group of my close friends, sewing and taping and glueing and getting drooled on by some of my favorite dogs in the city. Pulling Polaroids and flashing strobes and laughing and pushing myself to be truly creative. What had begun as sort of a 'creative dare' had become a fully deveopled, living and breathing project. I love a good challenge, and I also love finding excuses to bring together ecclectic sources of inspiration. The Doggie Gaga Project was really just a reason to surround myself with talented, creative, and smart people who inspire me- and create something cooperatively. And that is exactly what we did.

The success of The Doggie Gaga Project can be attributed to many things. People like to talk about the great timing we had, the unique ideas, the artistry, etc. I like to attribute it to these things:

Anne and Dave at The Impossible Project, Craig, Meg, Zona, Summer, Kyl, Tina, Connor, Val, Rebecca + Rebecca, Alex, Nicole, Diana, Carolyn, Ana, Terra, Bert, Kelly, Booker, Gunther, Pancake, X-dog, Kiku, Bob, Jackson, and Jennings.

To celebrate the official One Year Anniversary of The Doggie Gaga Project, I've put together a video of never-before-seen footage of our first shoot, as well as a bunch of my favorite clippings and images. I hope you all enjoy looking at these as much as I do. It's a great marker for my career as a photographer, but more importantly has been an incredible lesson in staying true to your creative vision, pushing the limits, and allowing yourself to be an artist.

 

 

And a few of my favorite 'behind the scenes' shots, by two of my favorite San Francisco portrait and lifestyle photographers: Meg Messina and Christine Zona:

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COSMO FEATURE//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

magazine dog photographer Cosmopolitan Magazine just called. They wanted my advice on women and fashion. I said, let's talk about photography instead.

You can see the full article and a link to our in-studio video here:

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/news/jesse-freidin-photos-lady-gaga-dogs

You can see the amazing slide show (and very witty photo comments) here:

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/exclusive/dogs-dressed-as-lady-gaga

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ROUND 2 DOGGIE GAGA//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

The moment that everyone has been waiting for is finally here!

I want to thank my amazing team for all their efforts and creativity in making this a reality.  Also, a special thank you goes out to all the Doggie Gaga models - to everyone's surprise, they didn't mind the costumes (behold the power of peanut butter blueberry treats!!)  The experience is really indescribable in words, thus this time around, we are not only launching new photos, but also a behind-the-scenes video. Come take a look at the madness of the shoot, meet the doggie models, and see me manning one of my favorite stdio cameras.  I hope you enjoy this series as much as the first.  So without further ado...

Official photos of the Round 2 Doggie Models.

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During the shoot, two of my favorite Portrait Photographers in California  (Meg Messina and Christine Zona) were documenting the magic behind the scenes. You can visit their amazing blogs to hear their thoughts on the project, and see their behind the scenes photos:

Meg Messina' blog

Zona Photo's blog

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DIARY OF PANCAKE//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

So, my dog has his own vlog (that's 'video log', in case my internet-savvy lingo was a little over your head). He makes me follow him around and take videos (he can't press the buttons because he doesn't have opposable thumbs. likely excuse.), and then he makes me upload them and edit them as he peers over my shoulder and makes sure I'm showing his good side. Gosh- he's so bossy sometimes! Anyway, his vlog is called Diary of Pancake, and it's better than cable. Here is Pancake's very first entry (where we go on a hike and take pictures. Because that's just what we do)

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WELCOME TO THE PROCESSING ROOM//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

This is the first video in a series I'll be doing that illustrates my archival photographic process, from using my camera to making traditional prints. It's a fun way to let everyone into the magical world of traditional black and white photography, and explain all the intricate steps involved in creating my unique photographs. Got questions? Just ask!

Want to see a video on a particular subject? Let me know!

(and don't worry, my editing skills will get better soon...)

VIDEO # 1: Welcome to the Processing Room

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