One man's quest to photograph pies atop horses, on satellite dishes, and in trees.

I don't know whether to give Jonpaul Douglass an award for cleverness or slap the cuffs on him for Crimes Against Pizza. For months, the 31-year-old photographer has been placing pizzas all over Los Angeles – slapped against a car's hubcap, draped over a miniature pony – creating one of the funniest and most surreal urban-art series out there today.

Douglass embarked upon "Pizzas in the Wild," as he calls the cheese-loaded project, after noticing a piece of graffiti in his 'hood depicting a pepperoni pie. He wondered: Why not do that with real pizza, instead? Thus his mouthwatering quest began, leading him to the bread-scented ovens of Little Caesars (where a large pizza costs only $5) and then to a variety of shooting locations, including a public basketball court and the peacock-infested warrens of Echo Park.

He chooses his pizzas with an eye to how they'll best serve his muse: Some are freshly baked and fit for drooping over things, Dali-clock style; others he keeps in his fridge until they get stale enough to stand against a wall. He has even started experimenting with using super-hard pizzas by "getting them undercooked," he says on Instagram, where he's developed a cult following. Typical fan comments include "Best series on the Internet," "my life is forever changed," and "PLEASE KEEP GOING."

Regarding what happens to these greasy discs after their artistic value is expended, Douglass emails: "Yes I have eaten some, no not the pony one :) Only if they were still fairly clean of course." So, OK – as long as he's consuming some of these sidewalk pies, I guess it's hard to become outraged over the waste of a good slice:


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