a dog of a model
Express Staff Writer
Grossmanís black Lab, Shania, doesnít mind the camera apparently. If
one takes a look at his photographs currently on display at the Anne
Reed Gallery in Ketchum, you actually get the impression that she loves
can you ask for from a model, canine or otherwise?
jumping a fence. Photo by Jim Grossman
36, who grew up in Sun Valley, went to Ernest Hemingway Elementary and
The Community School in its early years. It was while The Community
School and the Sun Valley Arts Center shared a campus that Grossman
first learned about photography in the centerís studio.
attending Colorado College and pursuing a career in real estate in
Boise, he is trying to spend more time in Sun Valley again. "The
lure of home is hard to resist," he said.
also resumed his involvement with photography, and has enlisted his
pooch as his model.
doesnít seem to mind a lot of glass right in her face. Not all dogs
like that," Grossman said. His series at the gallery is called
can take that two ways, what their insight is and how they see the
world. To do that is a little unusual; you canít frame the picture
through the viewfinder, so I was shooting by the hip. I tried to capture
motion, with the camera down at my knees or at my ankles or holding it
by the grass, and on the run, even running backwards, or hanging out the
been working on the series for the last year. "I've been really
trying to capture the view that dogs might have, to see things through
photograph of Shania jumping over a fence inspired this whole process.
What followed were, in some cases, shear lunacy and in others, gorgeous
portraits of a dogís life.
had an image in my mind of what I wanted to capture," Grossman
said. He shoots with a digital Canon D30, camera. "That gave me
great flexibility and feedback. At least you can see if youíve gotten
close and gotten the exposure and understand what youíre capturing. I
donít think I could have done this with film."
remains up at Anne Reed Gallery until the Ketchum Gallery Walk on
Friday, Nov. 29. In the meantime he is working on a new series,
"Feline Insights." This time his models are barn cats in the
Grossman and his wife Pirie have a son, Buey, 5 months. We can only
imagine "Baby Insights" as the third installment in this