Mid week inspiration: Harry Whittier Frees

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If you know me, you know that I love dogs, although maybe obsessed is a better word. I think dogs are good for human’s mental health. But what I love more than dogs, is anthropomorphized dogs!

Therefore one of my all time favourite photographers is Harry Whittier Frees. I absolutely LOVE his photos, all of them. They make me laugh, feel very happy inside and inspired that someone was making such work over 100 years ago. I mean for gods sake look at the dog rescuing the puppy from the fire, it’s genius! :’)

Harry Whittier Frees was born in 1879 in America, which is also what makes his work so special (the fact it’s from such a long time ago). He was making photos till his suicide in 1953 : (

The way in which he made his work was due to a lot of patience, attention and care according to Frees. He would not administer drugs to any animals. Maybe they were having as much fun as it appears they are?

In the only article that was ever written about him while he was alive, he stated that some shots “required a second and a half, the majority only a second”. Frees also said that he “relied on intuition to determine the right moment to take the photograph” (Cats Dogs & Other Rabbits 2005). Many of his photographs were blurry and only around 30 photos out of 100 would be successful in his eyes.

His mum would sew the outfits for all the photos and he would carefully pin them on. The amount of time he must have spent on each photograph is incredible. He was completly a master of his work!

He died poor, but his work lives on and has been re-printed commercially around the world on postcards and in various editions of books.

Things I like this week

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It’s one of those months where you have spent all your money the month before on donuts and beer and a week after being paid have nothing. Buying stuff can wait until next month. BUT A GIRL CAN DREAM.

1. Models Own nail polish in Pink Fizz – I’m not much into nail polish or nail art shit but I like glittery nail varnish. Especially if you’re having a shit day. It’s a fiver. Worth it.

2.  Gold bicycle helmet from Bobbin cycles – OMG must have this, most helmets are fug. Would be so good cycling down City Road with that on.

3. Plastic cat on wheels at Maiden Shoreditch – OK might splash out this month and get this. Look at his face!

4. Glitter hair bow from Crown and Glory – I saw these on Gala Darling’s site Blogcademy and immediately had to get one! So pretttyyy.

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5. Nike blazer Liberty print shoes – Wanted these ages ago, sold out. You can get some (probably fake) ones from ebay if you would risk it!

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Magic Music Monday #7

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1. Royksopp – The Drug
My god I am obsessed with this song and as I just also discovered, the official video is fucking incredible!

2. Romare – The Blues (It Began in Africa)
This tune will wake you up in a morning and get you going..

3. Dälek – Bricks Crumble
I love Dalek’s dark combination of hip hop and shoe-gaze. I think they’re a pretty ONE OF A KIND BAND.

4. Add N To x – Adding N To X
In my head I always see Add N to X as a band who are robot cardboard box characters who jump around in a universe full of shapes made from primary colours.

5. Cibo Matto – Sugar Water
I definitely need a bit of sugar water today. And some glitter. And some birthday cake. And some brightly coloured plastic animals would be good.

My week through Instagram

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♥ Kit cat clock that Henry bought me! They are the best clocks ever! Read their history. ♥ Lunch in Gallopoli. One of my favourite restaurants in Angel. ♥ A cute dog! ♥ Bought a diary for 2013 and planned my life. ♥ Kit cat clock in action! ♥ Dinner at Sweet Thursday, delicious pizza and cute decor! ♥

Magic Music Monday #6

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1. Toro Y Moi – Harm in Change
I’ve obsessively listened to this song this week. In my bedroom, while eating lunch, whilst walking home from work, and even took my ipad into the bathroom so I could listen to it in the bath. It’s THAT good I risked death by water to my ipad.

2. My Bloody Valentine – Only Tomorrow
The new My Bloody Valentine is all it was ever going to be, and more! This is one of my favourites from the record. It’s fucking incredible! As my friend Bryony put it “it sounds like it’s always existed.”

3. Phoenix – 1901
Great fun happy tune.

4. My Bloody Valentine – In Another Way
Another favourite from the new record. MBV is kind of a big deal which is why they feature twice this week!

5. Tomahawk – I.O.U
From the new Tomahawk album which is so bloody good! It has reminded me of my undying love for Mike Patton. This is so far my favourite from the album. I love the album art too.