The #Instadog Stars of Aspen

By Etta Meyer | February 28, 2019 | Culture

Photographer Summers Moore loves a good dog.

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Every professional photographer needs a personal project, a passion project, if you will. For Summers Moore, hers has taken the shape of Hasseldogs. The Missouri Heights-based photographer and painter came up with the idea in 2016 to shoot a series of dog portraits and to print a coffee-table book of the compilation. “I love film photography and always bummed around with this old Hasselblad camera,” Moore explains, but she doesn’t shoot her canine subjects with it. She aims the 1969 Hasselblad 500 cm at the pooch but takes a picture through the viewfinder with her iPhone. “A lot of people have never looked down the viewfinder of these old cameras, and it’s just beautiful,” says Moore. “It’s not going to be a perfect image—there is light banging around three or four glass lenses; there are elements we can’t control for.” It’s the blending of the old and new technology that gets the “oooooh” moment, and that’s what she’s after—that and getting the personality of her subjects to shine through. The first volume of Hasseldogs is scheduled for early 2019, and Moore plans to use the project to give back to the Aspen Animal Shelter. Woof.

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