This is an image made in 2004, one of the last in an older style. As usual with my photographs at that time, I distressed the negative in a number of ways. If you look at one of the prints closely, you can see that the grain has been reticulated in a faint cross-hatching pattern.
To be honest, I’m not sure what I was thinking in making this photograph. I don’t know what made me incorporate the dog collar. I’m sure that there was some train of thought, but 8 years later I don’t know what it was. People seemed to love this photograph at the time – I sold plenty of prints.
When I moved from Washington State to Chicago in 2006, I gave away tons of my old belongings. I had a large studio full of things that I was not able to bring with me. At one point I drove to Seattle with a trunk full of odds and ends to give to friends. At the time, photographer Erin Frost and I were both represented by the gallery Art@Large in New York. She took a few of my things, including the aforementioned dog collar and some glass eyes.
After a while, I saw a few images she made with the collar herself.
Art@Large closed down, and both of us have changed our artistic practice considerably. Every once in a while an idea of a two person exhibition is mentioned, but it has yet to happen. I think it makes more sense now than ever, as we are both using a lot of photo-based mixed media to explore love and interpersonal relationships. Maybe one day.
View more of Erin Frost’s photography on her website: http://erin-frost.com/