Ian Pettigrew Aims for Smiles With His “Floating Dogs” Project

All images by Ian Pettigrew. Used with permission.

Ian Pettigrew is one of our favorite creative brains to pick when it comes to photography projects. This time, we have him back for something totally different from his usual work. A drastic departure from hard-hitting topics like Cystic Fibrosis explored in projects like the SaltyGirls and SaltyKids, this adorable new project brings smiles to our faces in place of the tugs at our hearts. Interestingly, the idea for this “floating dogs” series just popped in his head — literally and figuratively — in a way that only seems to happen to an art director-turned-photographer. Ian tells us more about this beautiful project through our lighthearted chat after the jump.

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What makes black and white photography so important to you?

It’s the truth. Simple as that.

What inspires you to create photographs?

An undeniable urge to make art. Its uncompromising, and unrelenting. Its horrible sometimes.Its consuming.

Why is black and white photography so important to our future in the art

BECAUSE BW is uncompromising. Its the truth, its life stripped away. Its the bare essentials.

Photographing the Faces of Cystic Fibrosis: An Interview with Ian Ross Pettigrew

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Ian Ross Pettigrew is a photographer who got his start in advertising. Having worked with photographers for over 20 years as an art director, Ian further developed his eye for beautiful images. He’s been honored many times over for his portrait work, and it was after he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis seven years ago that his photography took on a personal tone. Ian’s in the process of raising funds for a nationwide portrait project for adults with cystic fibrosis. He wants to change the conversation about the disease because it’s not just a disease that affects kids.

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The Living Heroes Project: A Portrait Photo Project of WWII and Vietnam Veterans

All images by Ian Pettigrew. Used with permission.

Photographer Ian Pettigrew has been featured a number of times on this website for his portrait photography projects; and The Living Heroes is his latest work. Ian describes it as “A Photographic Testament to Those Who Served. In Their Own Words. From WWII to Vietnam.” The Living Heroes is going to a 208 page full color photography book. In the process of producing the book, Ian and his crew are looking to photograph 100 veterans from WWII and Vietnam. Each veteran will have their portrait taken and a formal write up next to their image.

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Pink Coffee Table Photo Book Celebrates Women of All Shapes and Sizes

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Ian Pettigrew is a photographer that worked with women for years and throughout his work, has emphasized his celebration of all body types. That’s what he’s going for in his new book: Pink. Currently on Kickstarter, the book focuses on alt/glam models of various body types and is seeking $13,406 to get it finished. The funding isn’t going towards gear, but towards the models, travel, etc. All of the models are shot on a seamless pink background.

The donations start at $5 and give you a High Resolution wallpaper image for your computer. The images so far have a bit of a feeling of both Warhol’s Pop art mixed with modern fashion aesthetics. It’s surely not for everyone, but the celebration of all body types is surely something to speak about.

Not familiar with Ian’s work? He’s the man behind Salty Girls, Salty Kids, and has been working to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis for a really long time now. The video is after the jump, but it’s pretty NSFW.

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The SaltyKids Photo Project Aims to Help Children with Cystic Fibrosis

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All images by Ian Pettigrew. Used with permission.

Photographer Ian Pettigrew, who did the Salty Girls photo project, is continuing his process of documenting people who suffer from cystic fibrosis. But this time around, he’s photographing children who have the problem; and it’s called Salty Kids. To accomplish the goals for the project, he’s looking to raise funds on IndieGoGo and only has a couple of days left. Once the money is in place, he can begin shooting in the late Spring/early Summer.

Salty Kids will document children (and some family members) as they go through the ordeal together in a studio portrait session–just like Salty Girls. The sessions will then go into a book called Families: The SaltyKids Project.. To be photographed, Ian has some guidelines on his site and they involve the family members dressing in dark colors while the affected child wears white. That way, they’re easily distinguishable. However, from what Ian has so far we probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between these and regular family portraits.

Ian has helped a lot of people so far; and even though there is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis yet, he’s still trying to find a way to raise funding for research. In fact, Ian himself has Cystic Fibrosis but a very mild form of it. In emails back and forth with me, he talked about how he feels like he’s been given a moral responsibility to try to raise as much awareness about the condition as he can. Salty Kids is his way of trying to help children.

Salty Girls Features Portraits of Women Fighting Cystic Fibrosis


All images by Ian Pettigrew. Used with permission.

Ian Pettigrew is an Art Director, and has always had an affinity for portrait photography. At 38 years old, he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. To get people to learn more about the disease, he wanted to do a portrait project showcasing people who went through it. It’s called “Salty Girls” and though it had quite a tough start, Ian’s project became viral on the web and he’s even released a book of the portraits.

The project was designed to raise awareness of the disease amongst adults because most people used to be under 24 that had the disease. These days, folks get it in their 40s.

Ian talked to the Phoblographer about how he convinced so many women to help others with this project.


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Dog Photography so Cute it Will Melt Your Heart (Enjoy the Cuteness!)

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We love dogs here at The Phoblographer. They’re adorable. So, when a photographer sends us anything relating to canines, it immediately gets our attention. If you’ve ever attempted to photograph “El Perro,” then you’ll understand the difficulties associated with it. Dogs have a mind of their own, and communicate with them can be a struggle. Any photographer who can master the technique of getting a dog to pose deserves a treat of their own. And in this article, we highlight dog photography that shows photographers at the top of their game. Join us for some cuteness after the jump.

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Flickr Has Been Home to Promiscuous and Pornographic Photos (NSFW)

Tumblr had the hammer brought down on them for NSFW content, but Flickr avoided this somehow.

“Always thought that was more of a 500px thing,” said Phoblographer’s Reviews Editor Paul Ip in our staff Facebook chat. The rest of the staff agreed and never knew about the porn community on Flickr. To Mr. Ip’s point, 500px was always known for its affinity for nudes produced by Russian photographers. Depending on how liberal-minded you are, nudity and pornography aren’t the same things. Most people probably aren’t aware of Flickr’s more wild side. Ask most photographers in your friend circle or network, and you’ll find that most don’t use Flickr anymore. If they do, then they’re probably over the age of 35.

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Getting My Portrait Taken: The Story of a Portrait Photographer Getting the Camera Turned on Him

I am of the genuine belief that every photographer needs to have the camera turned on them every now and again in order for them to understand their subjects more.

One of the things many photographers speak of is empathy for your subjects. While I hate that romanticized idea due to my belief that it should be common sense, I agree: you should always do unto others as you’d have others do unto you. Blame Catholic schooling for that. If you want to turn the camera onto other people, you shouldn’t be the person who says, “Oh I don’t like having the camera turned on me.” If that’s the case, then why do it to others? Why not instead work to make yourself feel better in front of the camera or find a way to work with a photographer to do that? This has been my philosophy for years and in my eyes, there’s no exception to this rule. In order to have true empathy for your subjects, you need to step into their shoes and live a day in their lives. When I combined this with a few recent life changes I’ve made, it becomes something worth putting forward in photos that are representative of who you are.

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Monochrome Photography Awards Announces 2017 Contest Winners

All photos courtesy of Monochrome Photography Awards

Attention, black and white photography fans! London-based Monochrome Photography Awards has just announced the winners of their international black and white competition for 2017. If you’ve been following this contest or would like to get some visual inspiration in monochrome, take a look at some of the photos that made the cut.

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Please Read: Why Do We Need $35,000 For La Noir Image?

If you’re a reader of the Phoblographer, you know that we need money for our Kickstarter. It’s come to my attention a number of times that $35,000 sounds pretty high for what a digital magazine needs to actually operate. For some folks, this sounds ridiculous for a digital magazine; but for others it actually sounds too low. In all honesty, it is too low; and we need more than $35,000 to really get this going.

I’m going to explain what the money is going towards for La Noir Image.

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La Noir Image Issue 0 is Now Out

La Noir Image Issue 0: the prototype is now available for download free of charge.

Earlier this month, I shared my intention of making this site into a full iPad magazine. With the help of designer Ian Pettigrew and an incredible team, this project is going to move forward to its ambitious next step: a Kickstarter.

Do keep in mind that this is only a prototype/proof of concept, and the actual iPad magazine will be a lot more like other e-Mags like the BJP: and therefore embrace the use of the web to incorporate videos. The content will also include essays and tutorials. But in the body of a standard PDF file, this is what we’re capable of doing.

I hope you enjoy it, and support us in the upcoming Kickstarter campaign we will launch to make the magazine a bigger and better experience.

Announcing: La Noir Image Issue 0

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Hey everyone,

Late last year, I announced a brand new site: La Noir Image. This site was tailored to lovers of Black and White Photography and had a very high emphasis on just the art. After taking a short break from it to figure out how the business is going to move forward, I announced earlier this year that it’s going to evolve into an iPad magazine. Today, La Noir Image Issue 0: the prototype is available for download free of charge. Currently it is a PDF and can be enjoyed on your computer, phone or tablet. But the final version is going to be targeted at the iPad audience.

Do keep in mind that this is only a prototype/proof of concept, and the actual iPad magazine will be a lot more like other e-Mags like the BJP: and therefore embrace the use of the web to incorporate videos. The content will also include essays and tutorials. But in the body of a standard PDF file, this is what we’re capable of doing.

If you’ve never checked out a real iPad magazine, I highly suggest that you do. It’s a much better and more immersive experience that what the web can deliver.

La Noir Image is going to turn into a full on iPad magazine designed for you to curl up with and soak in inspiration. With the help of designer Ian Pettigrew and an incredible team, this project is going to move forward to its ambitious next step: a Kickstarter. More details on this will come.

Enjoy it! And I’m very willing to hear your feedback.

The Winner and Runners Up From Our Women Who Inspire You Contest

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I’m very excited to announce the winner of the contest we’ve recently hosted with Leica. This was a tough contest to judge, and also difficult in a different way for you folks as well. The stories that came out easily tugged at the heart. But of all entries, we’ve got a solid winner, and some fantastic runners up.

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The Future of La Noir Image

Hi folks.

You’ve probably noticed that La Noir Image has been very quiet for the past couple of months. The reason why is because I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what I want to do with it. The model of showcasing one photographer a day is kind of cool for a small site, but I’ve got plans to really grow this site and it took a lot of thinking and realization to see that what I was doing won’t work.

Over the weekend, I put together a small e-zine. With what I had and my experience of not editing a magazine in years, it was an okay attempt. But a more polished version is coming hopefully by the end of the week. I’m working with an incredible designer to do it. It’s designed to work on your iPad and it’s only a PDF: not a fully working app like I want it to be. Again, the full proof of concept is coming nearer to the end of the week, hopefully.

La Noir Image is going to become an iPad magazine. I want you to curl up with it on a lazy weekend and be inspired by all the wonderful black and white photography that we showcase. But it’s going to be an ambitious project, so in the next month or so we’ll be launching a Kickstarter to get the funding that we need. It will also mean that La Noir Image grows to include things like essays, musings, a couple of tutorials, etc. But it’s all going to be centered around black and white and each issue will have a theme.

So at the moment, hang tight. The site’s in a growing pains phase right now. But if you really, really, really want to look at a not so spruced up version that I created, then here you go; but note that this isn’t the final version. In the final version, we’re only using the stories with high res imagery.

Thanks so much,

  • Chris Gampat

Review: Blackrapid Cross Shot Camera Strap

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I have been using Blackrapid products for a few years now and none of them have ever let me down. So when I got a chance to check out the Blackrapid Cross-Shot Sling Camera Strap and the Shot Camera Strap I jumped at it. The Cross Shot is a new version of their classic camera strap. The design is different from the BlackRapid straps like their Rs7 or Yeti.

Like many of their other straps, it features durable polypropylene webbing, a rubber shoulder pad for comfort, and their special FastenR and ConnectR locks.

It’s also bright orange.
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