By Charlotte Thun-Hohenstein
Americans love their dogs, and photos of these pets from the adorable to the silly are nothing new. However, blogs, Instagram accounts, and the like have now made such content widely accessible, perhaps even part of a daily routine for more avid followers. Two such star photographers of this realm are Elias Weiss Friedman, ‘the dogist,’ known for his street photographs of dogs in New York City and beyond, and Stephanie McCombie, popular on Instagram for her feed ‘ifitwags,’ featuring creative and endearing images of her own two dogs, Gus and Travis. BreakThru News was able to talk to both photographers about their process, mission, and challenges.
Changing the way we look at dogs is part of each photographer’s mission: Stephanie started ifitwags deliberately to encourage people to adopt abandoned animals by sharing her success with her own two rescued German shorthaired pointers. Elias works with shelter dogs as well as pedestrian New Yorkers, and all of his photos capture a startling degree and variety of personality in each of his subjects.
Perhaps most importantly, these dogs are not playthings to be simply arranged and decorated for fun, but each pet comes with his or her own set of challenges, comfort zones, preferences. Elias and Stephanie have learned how to manage their doggie models with respect and sensitivity as well as the requisite playfulness. Their work not only reveals to the viewer the inner character of each featured dog, but in some cases, the owner as well.
Host, Writer – Charlotte Thun-Hohenstein
Video Editor – Andy Morell
Script Supervisor – Matthew DeMello
Research – Tanya Silverman
Social Media – Molly Freeman
with guests – Elias Weiss Friedman, Stephanie McCombie