Like a mashup of The Sartorialist and Humans of New York, The Dogist is one of a growing number of photographers with Instagram accounts dedicated solely to animals. But unlike most of his contemporaries, 26-year-old Elias Weiss Friedman doesn't own a pup himself.
"I own all the dogs," Friedman joked to Bedford + Bowery. Although, not every K9 makes the cut. "If I stopped every dog, it would all be white and fluffy dogs," he explains. Instead, he looks for especially beautiful animals or those with "some sort of goofiness."
Once he's deemed a dog worthy of a photograph, he goes straight for the eyes: "That's my signature: [eyes are] the way we connect with people." In order to get them to look into the camera, he carries a doggie bone or a tennis ball when he's shooting.
And for those considering starting their own massively popular dog Instagram (and who isn't, after all?), there's hope: Friedman not only doesn't have a dog, he also doesn't have a photography degree. Instead, he fell into he project by taking a picture of a boxer in Vienna with his iPhone, Once he realized it'd gotten more likes than all of his other posts combined, he started The Dogist as a way to capitalize on the Law of Instagram. (And the internet. And life in general.)
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