I guess I have a soft-spot for weird, short-lived magazines. I’ve talked about how much I love RAW here before, and now I’ve just read Leonard Koren’s book Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing about, well, making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing. That was probably pretty obvious. Unlike RAW, though, I’ve never seen a copy of WET — but I was hipped to it when MetaFilter ran an incredibly interesting piece on it. Once I read the articles linked, I knew I had to have this book.
Scot Sothern is an underappreciated writer and photographer, who after years of obscurity, is now (hopefully) in the first stage of discovery with Lowlife, a gallery show at the DRKRM Gallery in Los Angeles, which features photographs of street prostitutes along with accompanying literary vignettes. He is also my dad (you may have noticed the similarly “u”-less last names), and I’ve been struggling to write something heartfelt as an intro. But then I realized this bit of press is coming very late, and his show closes after this weekend, so I’ve gotta get this fucking interview posted already. So I will keep it short. He is a tremendous father and I love him lots. His work is beautiful, and edgy and funny, and it has been a major influence on my own work as well as my outlook on life, and the time has come for him to see the success he deserves.
It’s gone viral all over the internet. The Doggie Gaga Project – a series of Polaroids from photographer Jesse Freidin. It’s been linked to all over the place and was featured on the Regis and Kelly show on the morning of March 18th. You’ve probably seen it. And if not, you should check it out because it’s awesome.
I first met Jesse Freidin back when he was taking photography classes. He was looking for people to be photographed and I volunteered myself. It turned out later that we had some friends in common and so I’ve hung out with Jesse a few times. As a thank you for being a subject in his photography project he gave me a print of one of the pictures he took of me. I gave it to my mom. When the Doggie Gaga Project exploded the other day I called her to tell her that she has a photograph by a now-famous photographer and I ended up having to explain to her who Lady Gaga is.
Before this whole thing exploded, though, I had posted about the Project on Facebook and was approached by Mr. Kitty Sneezes himself (Matt) and asked to do an interview with Jesse for the site. I chuckled and asked Jesse, he agreed and Matt sent me the interview questions and then the Project went viral and Jesse got super busy with interviews and emails and phone calls but he still took the time to do the interview with me because he’s just that awesome.
Seriously, check out his website. The fine art dog photographs posted there are absolutely amazing. There’s a startling simplicity to his work that is so perfect – you know it captures the moment in a way that most day to day photographs just miss. My memory of being photographed by Jesse is a good one. I’ve never particularly liked having my picture taken and I was concerned that he might be picky and demanding but it was just the opposite. He made me feel completely at ease and as a result I think he got a really good picture – if I may be so completely conceited.
And I know that if he can be that good with a person like me, he has to have a magical touch with the dogs he photographs.
It’s also awesome to see someone who deserves good things get those good things. Not everyone gets to bask in the spotlight and so often I see friends of mine passed over and miss out. Jesse deserves awesome stuff.
If you like the Doggie Gaga Project, please check out Jesse’s other photography and recognize that he is now going to be in high demand – and deservedly so. If you own a dog and you want the best dog photographer to immortalize your dog, I highly recommend getting in touch with Jesse. If he ever branches out to fine art cat photography or if I ever get a dog someday I know who I’ll be calling.
Cat, with their delcious natures, often surpass stupid human. One such cat is calling by Cooper, also knowing as The Photographer Cat. These cat attempting, and successful, at dominating worlds of photographics artform. Normally such cat would of course be obvious RIVAL, but in my role as journalisting I must appreciate such cat. Besides, possibilities existing for future using such cat for photojournalisting in my new MICKEY super websites, afterall these Kittysneezes.Com will eventually whithering and dying, and I intend to take over controlling on these fateful day (learning buzzard lessons). But for time being, I conducting interviewing with these Cooper. We discuss lifes as photographologist, philosophies, and cats lifes in general. These interviewings constitute another masterstroke for MICKEY. Enjoyings…