Pizza in the Wild, Art Print From Jonpaul Douglass

Jonpaul Douglass photographs pizzas in the wild. He uses pepperoni pizza to add a little something special to his already spot-on images. Jonpaul’s ‘Pizza in the Wild’ series will either make you hungry or happy, or both. We loved this series so much we decided to partner with Jonpaul to create an exclusive Pizza in the Wild print. 

We sat down with Jonpaul and asked him a few questions. Check out the interview and exclusive print below.

 

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Pizza in the Wild Frame

Tell us about your Pizza in the Wild series. One day I was walking in my neighborhood in LA and I passed by a wall that was always covered in new graffiti. This particular time the wall had a simple monotone pattern and someone had tagged a pepperoni pizza right in the center of it. I thought it was very humorous and I snapped a photo of it. You can see this photo a ways back in my Instagram feed. I was so tickled by that image I thought it would be even more humorous to put real pizzas on things throughout the city and photograph them.

Do you use real pizzas? I do. In the beginning I wanted what I called “Ninja Turtle Pizza”, which is a pizza that looks like one from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons. Yet I found that most pizzas these days do not look like that. It took me a couple of weeks but I finally decided that Little Caesars’ pizza was the closest to “Ninja Turtle Pizza” I was going to get. This was fortunate for me because a large Little Caesars pizza is only $5 a pie.

How many have you gone through, and what do you do with those glorious pizzas afterwards? I haven’t gone through as many pizzas as one might think. I would guess 20 pizzas at most. Most of the time I will pick up two pizzas. After I run around town photographing them I will put them in my fridge in case I get another opportunity.  If you look at the series you can see that some pizzas are fresh and some look to be days old. This works because some situations call for a floppy pizza and some call for a stiff pizza. I also must admit that there have been times when a used pizza gets eaten anyhow, it’s tough to ride around with a freshly baked pizza and not be tempted.

Place you live? Los Angeles, California

Can you sum up Los Angeles? I live right outside of downtown LA in an area considered to be Echo Park. My home is up on a hill that overlooks the LA skyline as well as Dodger stadium. My neighborhood is home to many peacocks that are very entertaining to watch. Echo Park is quite the eclectic area. It’s centrally located, making it a great jumping off point for traveling within LA.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? I think Los Angeles is a tough city to appreciate in a short visit. It takes a while to really appreciate all that it has to offer because there is such a variety of things to experience. There really is something for every type of person. One of my favorite activities is CicLAvia. This is an event where parts of the city’s roads are shut down and taken over by thousands on bicycles, it is surreal to ride around Los Angeles with virtually no cars in sight.

Did you have any idea your #pizzainthewild series would become so popular? Not really. I noticed that people really seemed to respond to pizza in a positive way so I figured it would be liked, but not on the level it has been.

Tell us all the places this series has been featured: Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Instagram, The Daily Beast, ABC news, VICE creators project, COMPLEX, IGNANT, Mashable, AOL news, New York Daily News, The Atlantic Cities, Design Taxi, Yahoo, Daily motion, Hello Giggles, and many more…

Who are three photographers that inspire you?

Gregory Crewdson – I have always been fascinated with Crewdson’s work. I love his sort of “un-stroytelling” in his photography. He creates scenes but let’s the viewer decide what happens. I also like that he has made a career with his art, an inspiration in more ways than one.

Aaron Ruell – I love the humor in his work. Not only in his photography but his commercials as well.

Tim Barber – Pure, raw and always on point. It does’t take much for Tim to make something beautiful.

What is your favorite pizza restaurant in LA? Pizzanista! I honestly haven’t been to that many, but this one is owned by legendary skateboarder Salman Agah… which gives it added street cred.

Comments
  • http://FromWayUpHigh.com Helen Anne Travis

    Jonpaul, thank you for resisting the urge to eat those delicious-smelling pizzas long enough to take these shots. I don’t know if I could have done it.

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Name:

Jonpaul Douglass

Place you live:

Los Angeles, Echo Park

Best meal in LA?

The most convenient and tastiest spot in my neighborhood is a place called “Guisados” which serves braised meat tacos on handmade tortillas. Delicious.