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“Do not wake up the cat who sleeps”  This is the equivalent expression in France to the adage in English, “Let sleeping dogs lie”.

Finding images like this breaks up the boredom of sitting around at your friends’ houses while they’re off in the kitchen. Photos like this are often categorized as “abstract photography” and often involve getting very close to something so that the object is not immediately identifiable. This is the eye of a white dog sleeping. Is it abstract photography when it is a picture of something and you know what that something is?

The answer may be in the image itself in this case.  What is the answer to the question, “What is it”?  It is most likely, “To let sleeping dogs lie”.  Can it be appreciated for its visual qualities alone?  And, does the assigning of a familiar object to the image prejudice the viewer into not seeing?

Alan Watts said that if you really want to know what a dog is then the next time you see one don’t tell yourself, “Dog”.

OOPS! Now I’ve done it …


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