Artist ‘My Dog Sighs’ strikes a balance – Anglepoise blog | Blog


One of the collaborators for the Creating Balance Project, My Dog Sighs initially used his Anglepoise® Original1227™ Lamp as a mixing palette. The lamp he created was so striking that it has been adopted as the main visual for the touring exhibition, showing next at Aspex in Portsmouth in the New Year.

In this video the photographer and his creating balance partner, photographer Jack Daly, discuss the meaning of creating balance in work and in life.

Name: My Dog Sighs

Company/professional role: I is the Boss

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Can you summarize what you do in sentence or two?
I do the unnecessary, with love.

How did you first break into the industry you’re in?
By ignoring the industry and doing what was in my heart. Doing it with a passion, dogged determination and unwavering conviction until people were forced to accept and embrace it.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The knowledge that each and every day I get up and do the thing I love to do without compromises.

How do you wind down at the end of the day?
I have a strong work ethic so it’s usually pure exhaustion that causes me to stop and fall down.

What advice would you give someone starting out in your field?
The same advice my old maths teacher used to give me on homework hand in day. ’Procrastination is a waste of time’

If you weren’t doing this, what might you be doing?
I gave a up a career in teaching to do this. I am a realist and know that one day the bubble will burst and no one will want a crushed baked bean tin so I’ll probably step back into education. Young minds are the biggest inspiration.

Work aside, what’s your proudest achievement?
There’s something outside work?

And your wildest dream?
At the moment, it’s finding, crushing and painting an oil tanker in the same style as my painted cans.

And your guilty pleasure?
Hour long showers

What makes Anglepoise® timeless?  iconic?
I could waffle about the perfect balance of design and functionality but that’s been done so many times. There is nothing about it that needs to change. Basically. If it aint’ broke, don’t fix it.

Please find below some of his other inspiring work:

Portrait Photography - Claire Sambrook 
Other Photography - My Dog Sighs



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