Peter Nash. The name sounds familiar, doesn't it? Probably because Peter Nash's reputation as one of the foremost photographers of celebrities, especially country music icons, is legendary. With a career that spans over 30 years, he's photographed them allDolly, Hank, Waylon, Loretta and scores of other notable stars.
"Dog Day Afternoons"
Will Rogers once said, "If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around." So how does Peter Nash do it? Well, he treats all his subjects as celebrities. He says, "I approach a dog, in a sense, no different than if it was Dolly Parton." He shoots in color, he exclaims enthusiastically, "because they are in fur coats!" Beautiful browns and creams and oranges and blacks shot in blocks of shapes transferred to canvas make for stunning portraits. What makes his work different is that he identifies himself as a portrait artist as opposed to a photographer and likes his portraits to look like art on canvas, by using light in the same way classic artists did.
Peter Nash built his career photographing celebrities and country music icons carving out a solid reputation in the entertainment world. Now he’s turned his lens and artist aesthetic towards lovable creatures of another sort, dogs. As a portraiture artist, Nash shoots pets in their home environment, whether it’s opulent estates or modest ranches, and through his stunning use of light, he’s able to show their personalities within the detailed moment of a single shot. The results are quite extraordinary.