Summer Art Fridays: Photographer Eddy Vallante
It’s the end of the summer, and thus our last selection for our Summer Fridays blog. To finish up on an excellent note, we chose the work of 30-year-old Brooklyn photographer Eddy Vallante, whose portraits of musicians make his Tumblr a must-see. This shot, however, is of a puppy, gazing longingly out the window at something just out of reach. It’s how we all feel looking out at the last warm days of August.
Describe the piece you submitted to Summer Fridays.
This is a photo of Elly. I was watching her one afternoon in Crown Heights for friends of mine who had just gotten married. I was tossing a toy around with her when something outside demanded her immediate attention. She just ran over and sat down. I don’t know what it is, but I love when dogs sit and stare like this. It’s hilarious.
“Go and have your own experiences with your own people, I’ll be right here. I’m a human, I’m not a dog, and you’re a Jack Russell and that’s a breed. Your personality was created by this guy John Russell who was a hunting enthusiast in the 1800’s. He bred your ancestors for their stamina and their courage for the hunt. You think you’re you and you want to chase the foxes but other people planted that in you years ago. And now, somewhat arbitrarily, you’re considered very cute by us humans. And we keep breeding you not to, not to chase foxes, but to be cute. And we put you in television shows and movies, and you are chasing tennis balls because they’re as close to a fox as you’re going to get.”
"I understand up to 150 words, but I can’t speak."
I could watch this movie forever and ever, and ever, and ever…