We have always had a very hard relationship with animals in my country, Spain. Folklore, rituals and festivities have been using animals as a way to signal certain dates and have fun for a long time with the backing of the state. Bullfighting is just an example of it and a popular one, but there are many other animals who also suffer in silence our so-called sports and traditions. The Galgo is one of those cases. The Galgo been in tales and myths, by the side of kings and queens and in art history for centuries. It was a very special dog that only people of noble birth could have, but now it’s worth has changed and galgos are, after being used for the hunting season, killed in the thousands. Between 50.000 and 10.000 galgos are killed or abandoned during each hunting season in Spain.
My idea of the flying dogs and the very first series started in 2007 when I was still in school. I was inspired seeing photos of my dog Flinn in midair. He loved Frisbees and would jump after them with abandon, flying up and not caring about where (or even if) he would ever land. I began experimenting with different methods in order to capture other dogs from this unique midair perspective. It took a lot of trial and error making sure the dogs were safe and comfortable, and that we would get a great photo, but it was worth it.
David and his wife, photo agent Chris Boals, have been friends of mine for years so, don't you know, Mrs.Sizzle's ears perked up when she heard that David started running with a pack of dogs. Even better, one of Chris' photographers, Bruno Staub, was up for following David one day and the result speaks for itself. I had to ask David how he got into his new career.
This summer, my friends and I decided that a trip to the Noto Valley in Sicily was just what we needed to celebrate the 40th birthday of one of the members of our quartet. After weeks of research, we agreed a renovated farmhouse overlooking the 300BC town of Scicli would do us just fine.
I made the acquaintance of this wonderful man on TUMBLR, the one platform that doesn't seem to intuitively click with Mrs. Sizzle. So I was even more pleased when this delightful photographer reached out to me to share his work with dogs.
This week we visit the apartment of Rachel Antonoff the super duper inspired fashion designer and cutie extraordinaire. Although Mrs. Sizzle got lost in the rain she was relieved to get to the cozy apartment with the barking dog, none other than Lafitte Antonoff. Amy Lombard was on hand to photograph and there to help us look stylish was the brilliant DOG & CO.! I had to ask Rachel many questions about this handsome scruffy dude.
I had a run in Portland the other day and came across these amazing paintings that, of course, had dogs in them. I made my way into in the Froelick Gallery to find out about the artist Rick Bartow and learned that he had passed away last April. When I asked the gallery about the dogs in his work this is what I found out, "Rick said when he didn’t have an idea of what to paint or draw he would look to a dog for inspiration - they were always doing something they “shouldn’t”." Of course they were, as they always do.
Creative director extraordinaire with the likes of Tommy's such as Hilfiger and Bahama under his belt, Ferdinand is also a brilliant illustrator with a knack for twisting words and waving wands!
Here at Mrs sizzle we delight in a group of Ferd animal inspired illustrations that make me smile every time I look at them!
After a two-year courtship, I am proud to announce that earlier this month I was offered and accepted a job at Nike. More will be reveled about that when I start in September, but what that choice has done is kicked off the fastest west coast family migration since the Gold Rush!
It's hotter than ever here at Sizzle and not just because of the heat. Nope, it's because of The Dog Days of Summer, our latest project featuring handsome pups and sexy people. Photographer Peter Ash Lee, stylist Anne Christensen and a brilliant hair and make up (and also fur) team collaborated on this project which started with a call to agencies to see which models might treat us to a sitting with their very own dogs. Not only did we get a great turn out, but, to my utter delight, about 70% of the dogs were rescue, including the famous Puerto Rican born Rincon da Bully, who has three not bad looking dads, including his main dad, pictured here Julian Schratter. Feast your eyes on these hotties and think about adopting your own friend today!