#pizzainthewild in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
Using his iPhone to photograph what every iPhoneographer can only dream of capturing, Jonpaul Douglass photographs pizzas in the wild. Using pepperoni pizza to add a little extra something special to his already spot on square images, @jonpauldouglass’ insta feed will either make you hungry or happy, or both. Be sure to check out the rest of his incredibly genius #pizzainthewild series.
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 did snap 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 through out 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 it does in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. 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 afterwords? I really haven’t gone through as many pizzas as one might think. I would guess 20 pizzas at most. Much of time I will pick up two pizzas and then 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 has been times where 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, CA
Can you sum 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 that is centrally located in LA making it a great jumping off point for traveling within LA.
How long have you been using Instagram? Right about 2 years now.
What phone camera do you use to shoot? I have an iPhone 4s.
Editing process?/What apps do you use, if any to edit your photos? I use Snapseed and VSCOcam. I tend to use them very minimally though.
Do you create images outside of Instagram? I do.
Has instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot? It has. I think the square crop especially. I would never think much about cropping square before and now I always consider it as an option no matter what I’m shooting.
Does your feed differ from your work outside of instagram? It does. My commercial work tends to be more portrait related whereas my Intsagram feed is more arty finds or personal projects for fun.