I decided on making Katy Perry this week's DGOW selection a few days ago, but it took awhile to find the right photo. When I saw this one, I knew it was the one. I'm a big fan of black-and-white photography in general (I once shot an entire NBA game with high speed black and white film to see how it would look) and there's a certain vulnerability that Perry shows in this picture that gives off a different vibe from her normal photo shoot appearance.
Perry, who's real name is Katherine Hudson, got her start as a gospel singer. She broke out in 2008 with her hit single "I Kissed a Girl" and the accompanying album "One of the Boys". The song was a No. 1 hit and the album went platinum, cementing Perry as a pop success story. Her most recent single, "California Gurls" -- the first single off her forthcoming "Teenage Dream" album -- is currently No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Right now, Perry is probably in the top 10 of musical artists I haven't seen in concert but want to, so hopefully I'll be able to catch her on her next tour. While not quite at the level of Lady Gaga, she has been know to wear eye-catching costumes, which is another reason I think the above picture appeals to me, because it's so different from how she's usually pictured.
As always with DGOW, I’ll provide a widescreen (1680x1050) image for downloading. If you want to see past DGOW, then just check the archive album.