February 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
This photograph is from circa 1860. It’s such an early photograph – only a few decades after photography was invented, after the deaths of Byron, Shelley, and all that lost generation of dead beautiful young public figures who were the last that we will never see photographs of, and will never really be able to imagine living around us. And many people in the 1860s couldn’t afford photographs, and they were still a fair novelty, still something that required effort and love. Yet, even in the 1860s, people cared about their cats enough to photograph them – enough to get them to pose at a studio, even! I love this. I love how the cat is slightly out of focus, and looks slightly annoyed at the whole charade. I love that the photo’s been put in this ornate, beautiful frame. It’s such a wonderful glimpse into the smaller things that people cared about, even people back in 1860s Texas.