I've been so blessed to have two back to back exhibitions of my work on human pups. Now that I've had (almost) two days of rest, I'm finally ready for some post-show reflection.
The past 7 months have been the most productive, fulfilling, and uplifting time in recent memory. Photographing the leather/kink community has given me clarity, a sense of purpose, and a newfound love for my craft.
I am so thankful to everyone in the leather/kink community and all the pups/dogs, but there are a few special folks I have to point out.
Dante, Ursus, and Ranger: I would not be where I am today without your continued love and guidance. Meeting you at Outfest was the best thing that has happened to me personally and professionally. I owe what this project has become and the wonderful changes in my life to you three. Our video was a major turning point in my thesis. I love you all dearly and look forward to our future adventures.
Maso: You don't get nearly enough credit for everything you do in the community. Vice was really my first experience of the leather/kink community where I had the opportunity to meet people and form relationships. I saw for the first time that kink is fun. I also realized how integrated leather and kink are with folks' lives and how much it is ingrained into their identities. Each month I look forward to Vice and seeing your wonderful face and to see what the night has in store. Your love and support motivates and inspires me to do my very best.
To all the pups and dogs: Thank you so much for supporting me and letting me into your homes and your lives. I have made so many friends and formed tight bonds, personally and professionally. You have given me confidence and brightened my days. Whenever I have the pleasure of seeing you, I feel refreshed. I love you all dearly.
Thank you to everyone who came to the exhibition and all those who were there in spirit. It was so emotional and exciting. I'm looking forward to continuing this project and seeing what wonderful things develop. There's really nothing out there quite like what I'm doing, and I'm going to try my darndest to make sure as many people see my beautiful pups and kinksters.
My main body of work moving forward will be on pups, but I'm also planning on doing small spin-off bodies of work to mix things up a little. I know I want to learn more about kittens and ponies, especially differences in gender, level of sexuality and social interaction. I'm curious about furries and the history of Old Guard. So we'll see what the future has in store. Lots of little ideas to feed until they become big ideas.
Love always xoxo