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November 22, 2005

The Existential Tension of Photography

It is thus:

Sometimes you want to take pictures of majestic clouds rolling across the sky.

 

Sometimes you want to take pictures of your dog eating leftover chili in the bathtub.

 

Discuss.  

Posted by john at November 22, 2005 03:59 PM

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Leslie | November 22, 2005 04:09 PM

large dog - he makes your tub look cramped!

Martin Wagner | November 22, 2005 04:37 PM

Okay, I'll bite. Why was there leftover chili in the bathtub?

John Scalzi | November 22, 2005 04:45 PM

Well, where else should it be?

Martin Wagner | November 22, 2005 04:52 PM

Inside your dog, obviously!

John Scalzi | November 22, 2005 04:54 PM

Well, it is now! For a while, at least.

Brian | November 22, 2005 04:54 PM

Well nuts, I guess my leftover chili is in trouble, then... I've been keeping it in the fridge like a complete fool! Thank goodness John's here to help me keep my head on straight!

suz | November 22, 2005 05:00 PM

Magestic clouds: pretty, but a dime a dozen, predictable. Dull.

Large dog + bathtub + chili: not as pretty as a magestic sky, but at least it's unique.

K Wikstrom | November 22, 2005 05:21 PM

If those two sentences were the opening lines of a book, I believe I would read and love that book.

Stacy | November 22, 2005 06:44 PM

That is a mighty clean bathtub!

cherie priest | November 22, 2005 07:37 PM

Oh. I hear ya.
Seriously.

Jon H | November 22, 2005 07:39 PM

Your photoshop mission, if you choose to accept it: doggy in the sky, with chili.

Wan Zafran | November 22, 2005 08:09 PM

I don't know whether I should laugh or adopt a glum, thoughtful expression on my face.

But I'll laugh. Bwahahahahahaahahaha.

Laura | November 22, 2005 08:10 PM

I'm tempted to go into a long exposition here, detailing how the dog eating chili in the bathtub holds some sort of epochal, life-altering symbolism regarding the ultimate futility of man's existence in the universe.

But I won't, because I'm tired.

Black & white would have really captured the moment, though. ;)

Soni | November 23, 2005 01:01 AM

The first thought that came to my mind? Dog eating chili - thank goodness he's in a self-contained, impermeable and hosable environment. I'm just saying.

charlie | November 23, 2005 04:03 AM

the dog in tub is only amusing if she's never done it before. but something tells me she hangs around the bathroom after a chili dinner. 'fess up. :-)

as for the sky. i find it interesting that after getting views like that of you backyard every day, you still are in awe of it. what is it about skies and large landscapes that is so appealing to humans? i just can't figure out the evolutionary benfit of a nice sunset - happy to still be alive? hmm. :-/

John Scalzi | November 23, 2005 04:08 AM

Charlie:

"i find it interesting that after getting views like that of you backyard every day, you still are in awe of it."

Well, I get a view of my wife everyday and I'm still in awe of her, too. Beauty works for me, in whatever form.

Brian Greenberg | November 23, 2005 10:06 AM

Doggy in the sky, with chili.

Beatles, right?

Picture yourself with some fur and a collar,
with white plastic walls and colored shampoo;

Somebody calls you, you bark at him softly,
a man with a cold bowl of food.

Doggy in the sky with chilli...
Doggy in the sky with chilli...
Doggy in the sky with chilli...

Ahhh........

iain | November 23, 2005 10:13 AM

Y'know, it's the irresponsible owners who allow their dogs to eat chili out of the bathtub & otherwise behave like...um, animals, that give the rest of us who are trying to rear our pets in a responsible & respectful manner a bad name.

Somebody should post a sign about this.

btw, if this were Fark, somebody would make a comment about "rearing pets," but this is not Fark & I've already done it for you.

Dwight Brown | November 23, 2005 01:05 PM

Stacy beat me to the punch, but she's right: that is one awfully clean bathtub.

What do you use to clean it: red fuming nitric acid?

John Scalzi | November 23, 2005 01:19 PM

We just let the dog lick it clean.

Anne C. | November 23, 2005 03:20 PM

I wonder why nature pictures are considered boring. Is it because those who consider themselves intellectuals believe that to enjoy the physical world is banal, dull, common, and frankly overdone?
Makes me glad I'm a "recovering" intellectual.
(I like the stripey dog!)

skylion | November 23, 2005 08:40 PM

I like both. Of course, you have to pay later for the doggy chili...one way or another.

Of course, your no stranger to existential weirdness in your photos. Clone daughters? Makes the mind spin...

Ashley | May 22, 2006 10:47 PM

Nature is compelling to humans because it can be dull, inspirational, breath-taking, and ordinary. Humans themselves go through similiar phases and thus find comfort and a connection with nature.

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