PetCam: The World Through the Lens of Our Four-Legged Friends
As close as we are to our beloved pets, we often wonder how they spend their days when we aren't watching. What do they explore? How does the world look from the point of view of our dogs and cats—or our chickens and goats? PetCam, by photographer Chris Keeney, author of Pinhole Cameras, presents a collection of striking and amusing images created by an international roster of four-legged photographers. With small, lightweight cameras attached to their collars and cowbells, they document what they see as they go about their daily routines—lounging under parked cars, scaling rooftops, jumping fences, relaxing in a neighbor's tall grass. You'll see the world through the eyes of more than twenty intrepid pets, including Coulee, a Border Collie–Golden Retriever mix from Alberta, Canada; Fritz, a tabby cat living in the Ore Mountains of Germany; Walter and Hamlet, brother and sister miniature pot belly pigs from San Diego; and Sofie, a Galloway cow, who spends her days roaming the hills of the Swiss Alps. This unique and whimsical collection offers a peek into the wanderings of our animal friends, and reveals how they experience the world we all share.
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work, begun at age two, addresses how postrelational aesthetics are absorbed and confronted in our digital mediaverse. I present, if you will, a sort of antinarrative, an argument about the way in which we transform and interact with “nature” in reality and “nature” in the multitude of dialogical platforms that define our online personae. My show I Can Haz Relational Dystopia? is currently touring major museums around the world and was called “an unmitigated intellectual triumph” by Feline Art
full of other chickens. . . . What did you expect, photos of the monkey-flunkin’ Eiffel Tower? First thing I did when I hatched, I bought a copy of Robert Frank’s The Americans on eBay. Street photography speaks to me—in my work, I want you to hear the clucks; smell the chicken feed; and really, truly, think about us chickens. At the heart of every image I make is that simple, age-old question: Why do we cross the road? Wouldn’t you like to know. Ha, ha, fatty! I love the skywriting going on
Ah, Tokyo! A photographer’s town. I love to take photos of bicycles, shop windows, and well-manicured scenes of domestic life. I also like to follow my owner around the city as if I were a dog and play fetch as if I were a dog. They may say I’m a cat, but I never let labels bring me down. I’ve been waiting for Keyboard Cat to show up for years. No luck. I wish I knew how to Internet. TIPS & RESOURCES GETTING READY • Check that your battery is fully charged and your memory card is empty before
be attached to passenger pigeons. Visitors to international exhibitions could watch as these camera-rigged pigeons made safe landings. Neubronner would then develop the film on the spot and would sell the resulting prints as souvenir postcards, satisfying spectators’ curiosity about the bird’s-eye view. So how exactly does a dog or cat or cow or horse take a photo? A pet camera can be attached to an animal by clipping it to the bottom of a collar or by securing it to a harness. Some harnesses