Photographing my dogs outside in nature as opposed to in the studio can be fun and different. Instead of building a set around a subject and lighting it just the way you want it, in nature, the place and the natural elements take precedent and you never know what will happen. One very windy day in August, I positioned my dog Fay Ray on the lakeside dock, as close to the water as possible. With her ears flapping madly in the breeze it seemed that, almost any second, she would begin to fly.
A pioneer video artist, conceptualist, photographer, painter and writer, William Wegman moves fluidly among various media: from conceptual works to commissioned magazine shots; videos shown in museums to television segments made for Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live; artists' books portraying 19th-century naturalist studies to children's books revealing tongue-in-cheek portraits of town and country life; and from photographic "landscapes" employing his Weimaraner muses to his most recent cycle of landscapes combining found scenic souvenir postcards with drawing, collage and painting.