August 9, 2006

Idea: Take “jowlers” to the next level

JowlersHave you seen It’s a website featuring pictures of people captured while shaking their heads back and forth really fast. It makes me laugh out loud every time I see it. They encourage people to shoot their own “jowler” photos using point-and-shoot cameras and send them in. I love it.

So I was thinking, what if I took jowler photos with more just a point-and-shoot camera? What if I set up lighting and a backdrop and treat them like more formal photos? Do they work just as well when they’re this stylized, or does the spontaneous look of a point-and-shoot camera work best? Well, it turns out that I can’t stop laughing when I shoot them, and I think they look absurdly great when they’re done.

Jowlers Jowlers
Jowlers Jowlers

But I need more volunteers. So naturally, I turned to Craig’s List in my search. But for the first time ever, Craig’s List let me down. I once used Craig’s List to get rid of a used bag of dirt (someone came to get it in less than an hour), but I couldn’t find anybody willing to pose for a Jowler photo. So I now turn to the blogosphere. If you are in New York City, and are willing to stop by my place for 10 or 15 minutes for an extremely silly project, drop me a line and we’ll set up some time for one of these weekends. I’ve got ideas for more elaborate jowler setups if you have even more time. You’ll find my e-mail address on the right side of this page.


Oh I know a person perfect for this. I’ll be sure to send him your way!

holy shit. we’ve been doing this for about a year now, calling it “Shake ‘Ums” and have talked about doing a website for it.

who knew people on the other cost are having professional photographs done.

keep up the great work.

Just curious, what’s “Craig’s List”?
BTW, I love the site!


There’s another one: I sent my photo in, but they don’t seem to be updating, really. I already have one of these photographs! I live in NYC as well.

Was this linked to by Photojojo? I swear I’ve seen it before.

Actually, perusing your site, I realise I’ve seen a LOT of this stuff before, but I’ve just never actually bookmarked your site. I’ve since fixed that, and added your site to my list of “Check Daily/Hourly/Every Five Seconds” bookmarks. Cheers!