The Fast Express, 1914 by J.J. Lloyd
Colorized by J.J. Lloyd
based on an original photographic print
by Harry Frees
1914, United States
(Library of Congress)
"After getting numerous requests for a photograph he snapped of his cat wearing a paper hat during a party in 1906, Harry Frees dedicated his career to pet portraiture, and became the most celebrated animal photographer of his time.
Incredibly, all of the animals were alive and well looked after, a testament to his skill as a photographer to keep his subjects distraction-free. Kittens in particular were one of the easier animals to shoot, though they had to be under three months old, and his studio was free of insects. Props and costumes were made by his housekeeper, and the subjects were sourced from neighbours, the pet store and local breeders.
The photographs were sold as postcards and books written by Frees himself, something I wanted to update in keeping with the spirit of Mr Frees' intention.
Frees never revealed his technique, though wires may have been incorporated into the costumes. Frees shot exposures at 1/5th a second, and only kept a third of all the shots he took. Working for three months of the year, as he cited the job as "nerve-wracking", spending the other nine months recuperating and thinking of new portraits to shoot."
"The Fast Express. Photograph shows two kittens wearing clothes and placed inside a toy train."
Please note that the listed sizes refer to the print stock with the photograph on it which comes with a white border. The printed image sizes are:
M – 8 ½" × 12" (24.6 × 30.5 cm)
L – 12" × 16 ¾" (30.5 × 42.5 cm)
XL – 24" × 33 ½" (61 × 85 cm)
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