Last night the studio was covered in multi-colored Polaroid carnage and dog treats. And I was in heaven.
My amazing crew of Doggie Gaga cohorts began making some last minute adjustments to our costumes while I set up the camera. Since this entire project has been, from start to finish, a total celebration of fearless and original creativity, I decided to keep my studio set-up incredibly simple. Simple lighting, simple background, and simple propping. After much tossing and turning the night before, I realized that I wanted the costumes and photographic process to stand out, and nothing else. Multi-head strobe kits and color gels and wind machines had no place here. I wanted the character of the film and the texture of the fabrics to speak for themselves. So I placed the dogs on a couple of dirty apple boxes and waited to see what happened…
All images are untouched Polaroid T-669 instant prints, shot with a Horseman field camera and Polaroid back. It doesn’t get more analog and amazing than that. To be honest, it’s the most difficult way to photograph dogs, but produces such warm, textured images. It’s a true salute to my favorite photographic company on the planet, and the people who are taking risks to keep it alive.
Want to vote for your favorite? Want to see more? Want to learn more about the crew? Visit the official Doggie Gaga Project Facebook page. We’ll be posting videos and more photos soon.