Taking Pictures of the Creative Time wall and meeting William Wegman: what was Day 2 of Design Week

Creative Time Wall

Creative Time Wall

The second day of my design week started off by wondering if it was going to pour rain or not. Taking the risk that it wasn’t going to be raining that much I headed down with Maddie towards 10th Ave. (between 18th & 17th Street) to take a closer look at the Creative Time wall and to take some close up pictures. As I was walking sideways with my camera trying to make a long stitched shot of the wall, I heard the familiar question that a lot weimaraner owners get – “can I pet your dog”? He seemed polite enough and usually I can tell by the tone if they’re an owner of a dog or not. If they have a dog they’re usually more relaxed b/c they know what it’s like to have someone come up to their dog, where as someone that doesn’t have a dog is much more quick to throw their hands out and ask almost as an after thought. So I gathered he must have some experience with dogs. As we started talking he found out that we’re both from Canada, Maddie’s age and a couple other small chat things. As the conversation went back and fourth I found out that he had three dogs which also happend to be weimaraners. Until that point I didn’t realize who he was, but it is extremely unusual for anyone in NYC to have three weims. He then told me their ages (three, five and eight), and then as an introduction said I’m William Wegman.

While I wasn’t stunned it was pretty cool to be talking with probably the most famous weim owner out there. The one thing I wanted to ask, but didn’t for the sake of being tacky was 1. can I take a picture of you with Maddie or 2. can you take a picture with Maddie and myself? Of course I didn’t b/c I didn’t want to be insulting and just appreciated the fact that he got off his bike to say hello to another wiem owner. So what I did do afterwards when I went home was that I took a picture of Maddie in my best Wegman’isque influenced shot. At least now, the next time I see him I’ll recognize what he looks like.

and btw, once I have a couple minutes to spare I’ll stitch the whole wall with the close up shots that I took…


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  • Megan

    Michael: That is so COOL that you just met W. Wegman so randomly! What a city you live in :-)
    Beautiful shot of maddie, by the way!