In a move that promises to redeem Twitter as a communication platform (at least briefly), dogsledder and author Blair Braverman revealed today in a thread that she’s named her new litter of husky puppies after photographers. Weegee, Katie O [Orlinsky], [Manuel Álvarez] Bravo, [Jamel] Shabazz, [Diane] Arbus and [Lori] Grinker, will soon be competing in a sled dog race near you.
This boy is Bravo, named for Manuel Álvarez Bravo. pic.twitter.com/sicesba6IQ
— Blair Braverman (@BlairBraverman) June 29, 2018
Braverman, a Wisconsin-based dogsledder and author of the memoir Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube, has created a devoted community of Twitter followers (this writer among them) by sharing photos and details of her life and of the sled dogs she and her husband are raising and racing. Two of the dogs recently gave birth to litters of puppies. After much suspense, she announced the puppies’ names today.
PDN contacted Katie Orlinsky, who said she first been in touch with Braverman while she was photographing the Kobuk 440 dog sled race for VQR; they later met in person. Orlinsky says she had suggested some photographer names to Braverman and her partner, “but had no idea they’d name one after me!” Upon learning there is a brown and black future sled dog with her name, Orlinsky says she feels that “all of my hard work of the past 12 years has finally paid off! Honestly, where can I go from here?”
Grinker tells PDN she’s “extremely honored to have a beautiful pup named for me, not to mention being in such good company!”
If you’re into this sort of thing, we can also recommend Braverman’s thread about when the two puppy litters first met each other.
We look forward to seeing what comes of the newly created overlap between photography Twitter and dogsled Twitter.
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