The Dogist, a street photography blog devoted to the canine set, was created back in October with one snapshot of a Boxer on the streets of Vienna. But you could say The Dogist himself was created years ago, when photographer Elias Weiss Friedman was just a 10-year-old kid taking photos of his family’s two Labrador retrievers.
The keys to his work are “expressive faces,” Friedman told HuffPost. “Happy, sad, curious — there’s something very honest about the way dogs photograph.”
Friedman started his blog after realizing the dog photos he posted to Instagram were getting a lot more attention than anything else. With an eye for composition and clean natural lighting, his portraits follow in the footsteps of popular street style blog The Sartorialist — Friedman simply points his camera lens a few feet closer to the ground. A brand-new tennis ball (and knee pads) help him capture his subjects.
Let go from a corporate job a year ago, Friedman now finds himself chasing dogs around New York City, where he lives, full-time. He got involved with the city’s tech scene shortly after, calling it “a blessing.” Startup culture inspired Friedman to dive into his donation-based project, which he admits is “a bit silly.”
“I think that’s why I love it,” he said.
While Friedman is a lifelong dog lover, he does not currently have any pets of his own — although he’d like to. He’d also like The Dogist to travel more in search of charismatic pooches outside of New York. “My first mission statement was ‘All the breeds.’ Now it’s ‘All the dogs,'” he explained. “Every dog deserves recognition, and sometimes a compelling photograph can get a dog out of a shelter, or inspire people to appreciate their dogs more.”
Scroll down for some aww-inducing pics, and check out The Dogist for more.