I received an email from Jesse Freidin, a professional photographer in California who is working on a project and would like your participation. Below are the particulars on the offer.
I’m an award-winning fine art photographer based in San Francisco, and am currently developing a portrait series about the intimate and inspiring bond between hunters and their gun dogs- and the importance of returning to wilderness via the modern sporting world.
In hopes of giving as many hunters as possible the opportunity to share their experiences, I was hoping you or some people in your community might want to get involved (for free, of course). If this project sounds interesting to you or the Bird Dog blog (which I really enjoy), maybe we could talk about a way to collaborate or at least invite your readers to participate in this important photographic survey. Below is some information:
This series is the first of its kind, using traditional analog photography techniques and illustrating the beauty of the contemporary hunting community. I am drawn to the intention and slowness of ethical sportsmanship, and see a wonderful connection between this practice and traditional film photography. I hope for this work to showcase the importance and beauty of the hunting community in our modern world. This series is being developed exclusively for my studio, and has already been booked for an exhibit at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Virginia for 2013.
Participation is of course free, and hunters receive a signed print for their time. Below is a link to a small gallery of images.
GALLERY LINK: http://huntingphotography.tumblr.com/
Here is a link that you can share: http://jessefreidin.com/2012/11/open-call-for-american-sporting-heritage-series-participants/
This is a project that is truly fascinating to me, and a story that I feel honored to be telling. The beauty of being out in the field with your gun dog, and the wonderful relationship between wilderness, dog, and human is what these images are all about.