A Portrait of Invention: David Friedman's 'Inventor' Series
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A Portrait of Invention: David Friedman's 'Inventor' Series

Brent Farley, inventor of a great many devices including Thunder Bubbles, the Self-hanging Hammer, Sled Pants, Squirt Gun Shoes (pictured) and the Inflatable Shower Curtain. (courtesy of David Friedman)

How do you find your subjects?

'When I started, I didn’t know any inventors. So I went to local inventor support meetups (where successful inventors help aspiring inventors), talked about my project, and asked for volunteers. After I shot a few inventors this way, and it became clear the project had legs, I realized I’d need to travel so it doesn’t just turn into “Inventors of the Tri-State Area”. So when I was shooting jobs out of town, I’d reach out in advance to inventor groups in those areas and get their help coordinating area inventors who might be interested. Then I’d tack an extra day or two onto a trip I was already taking and shoot for this project.'