Our graduate midterms are quickly approaching (they are this Tuesday evening) and so of course I’ve spent the weekend trying to get create some more composites that I’m proud of; and trying to get past my lack of motivation to work on this project.
For the first composite I did this weekend, I was inspired by the idea that Siberian Huskies shed so much that you can probably have an entire separate dog out of the amount of fur that comes out of them. It’s definitely very true, how much they shed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much hair in my life at one time. Definitely don’t get a Siberian if you don’t want tumble weeds of hair to take over your house.
I thought it would be funny to create a play on that idea, where Nate is cleaning the house and he flips over the ottoman to vacuum and voila there’s basically another dog under it made out of all the shed fur. I thought I could take it even further by having all the dogs turned towards the “fur dog” in order to draw more attention to that spot. I also really liked the idea of having Nate’s hand peeking into part of the frame with the vacuum hose like he’s about to suck it up.
Since I came up with this idea, conveniently three weeks after Luna shed her entire coat out, I didn’t have a ton of shed dog hair on hand. So the under layer of the “dog” is actually dryer lint which in our house generally is composed of 90% dog hair anyway. I had enough actual fur to sort of cover the lint layer to make it appear to be fur. I don’t really know if it’s super obvious in the photo that it is supposed to be shaped like a dog because of the angle I took the photo from. I actually was standing on a ladder and shooting slightly downward for this image. I’m really interested in exploring different angles and right now (thanks to the work of Julie Blackmon) I’m super obsessed with aerial and semi-aerial angles.
“The New Dog”
Overall I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. Compositionally it is a little bit heavy towards the left but I think the way the dogs, Nate’s arm and the ottoman direct your eye into a circle in that section makes up for the heaviness on the left side.
Here’s a detail shot of the “fur dog.” I like the way it looks better in the actual composite.
It was kind of fun to sort of create something by hand to go into the image instead of just staging everything. I’ve been working on a research paper for my art history class on Sandy Skoglund who creates these super complicated installations that she then photographs. For the installation she spends months and months creating little figures and sculptures and just making this little lint/ fur dog reminded me of her in a way. Here are some photographs of her installations.