PETCAM, The World Through the Lens of Our Four-Legged Friends
by Chris Keeney
Copyright 2014 by Princeton Architectural Press
144 pages with almost 100 photographs
I know many of you are familiar with PetCams – the lightweight digital cameras you can attach to your pets’ collar or harness. They automatically take photos from your pets’ point of view. This book is a collection of just such photos taken by a variety of pets and farm animals from all around the world.
Each group of photos has an introduction to the “photographer”, with photo – dogs, cats, pigs, cows, chickens, and more! The descriptions are amusing statements about each animals’ artistic style and philosophies, and many of the photos have humorous quotes describing the shots.
One of my favorites is Coulee, a border collie/golden retriever mix from Canada, who includes a photo of his human cleaning up after him (with his tongue hanging out at the top of the photo as he watches). His quote reads: Who doesn’t get a thrill from watching another creature clean up your own poo? I’m holding on to this one for blackmail purposes.”
Hamlet & Walter, two miniature potbellied pigs from San Diego, share some beach photos. Did you know potbellied pigs hung out on the beach? I didn’t! Walter shares a photo of Hamlet, “nosing for clams. Oh, wait a second. Hamlet…? “Ham”-let…! All these years together, and I just got that!”
There’s more to this book than just the photos though. The author also provides advice for purchasing and using your own PetCam, should you decide to do so. I’ve always thought it would be fun, but even more so now! In addition, he tells the history of putting cameras on animals, which dates back to 1908 when a German photographer and inventor put one on a passenger pigeon.
I loved this little book, it just brought a smile to my face over and over, and who doesn’t need that? At the size of 6″ x 6″, I think it would make a perfect stocking stuffer for your animal loving friends. It would fit nicely right on your end table or coffee table, and give your company (and yourself) something to flip through and chuckle over.
You can purchase this book directly from the publisher, through this link. It is also available through other book sellers. I believe it is available in digital versions, but I think a book like this needs to be in hand!
About the author: Chris Keeney is a professional photographer from San Diego. He also wrote another book Pinhole Cameras – a DIY Guide.
Giveaway! The publisher has generously offered my readers a chance to win this book for themselves, and I am authorized to give away 5 copies! Whether you would like it for yourself, or to give as a Christmas gift, enter the easy Rafflecopter below for your chance to win (I kept this one simple). This giveaway is open to everyone 18 years of age or older, and void where prohibited by law. It will be open until Wednesday December 3rd at 11:59 pm.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I was in no other way compensated, and Wag ‘n Woof Pets only shares products we feel will be of interest to our readers.