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Old 12-19-2017   #1
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Cat Pictures Throughout History

Cat pictures from history.

https://www.lomography.com/magazine/...he-epoch-times

It is quite likely that Joseph Niepce was actually trying to get a picture of his cat sleeping on the window sill.

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See, cat pictures are historically and artistically significant! Never apologize for photographing felines; you're working in a revered artistic tradition!

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I have it on good authority that this photo was taken personally by Johannes Vermeer. He called it the Cat with a Pearl Earring.

Classic cat by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

But some cats think its all a bit of a yawn.

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I love cats. They're the most human like animal I have ever encountered (much more so than my ex mother in law). Children are for people who can't have cats :]
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I am absorbed by my cat and his behaviour. My comfort in harbouring a cat was not eroded by seeing Lenin with a cat so often in his lap. We saw Hitler ruffling the hair of young children and other Nazis listening to Mozart. But when I saw a formal family portrait in which Lenin’s father standing in the rear was also cradling a cat, that did unsettle me a bit. Was a love of cats a pathway to despotism? Was that despotism on a national and international scale a pushback against the covert despotism of the cat on the domestic front? Montaigne would have been right onto the Lenin’s seeing them thinking they’re cradling cats, oblivious of the deeper truth.
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I am absorbed by my cat and his behaviour. My comfort in harbouring a cat was not eroded by seeing Lenin with a cat so often in his lap. We saw Hitler ruffling the hair of young children and other Nazis listening to Mozart. But when I saw a formal family portrait in which Lenin’s father standing in the rear was also cradling a cat, that did unsettle me a bit. Was a love of cats a pathway to despotism? Was that despotism on a national and international scale a pushback against the covert despotism of the cat on the domestic front? Montaigne would have been right onto the Lenin’s seeing them thinking they’re cradling cats, oblivious of the deeper truth.

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I don't like cats, don't understand the widespread obsession with them.
Here's ours, she's gone missing, and I don't miss her.
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I don't like cats, don't understand the widespread obsession with them.
Here's ours, I'm glad he's gone missing.
You're terrible. Cats are awesome. Mine used to keep vermin (mice, bugs, small dogs) under control. Was great!
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Our cat has enriched the lives of each of us in the family, and deepened our appreciation of each other. Their innate behaviours are ancient and survive domestication. Like the birds and the stars they have, at times, a prehistoric indifference. This alone is a rich addition to life indoors. Mine is called Felix, chosen by my children, almost adults. Had I named him he would be Cato after Imspector Clouseau’s murderous manservant. As soon as he sees me it’s game on. He invents new games and adapts the ones we play often. He asks to look in my camera cupboard. When he’s very good I let him sweep a film canister onto the floor. Being good especially includes not whining. I’ve taught him to talk and he reserves this very considered short syllable modulated pitch entreaty for his most pressing desires. He only talks to me in this way.

In the hierarchy of the family, which in most ways he’s careful not to draw, we think that it is our son who he holds in highest esteem. Many times Felix sneaks into his room, only to be banished soon after. The look on the cat’s face if he ever gets to lie on my son’s bed, and with him there too: there can have been few cats ever happier.

It’s true he is jealous of my relationship with my wife and if a conversation keeps me too long from play he’ll sweep the Christmas cards to the floor.

We had a cat growing up but clearly I understood nothing. Cat cartoons held little amusement because they were incomprehensible.

It’s wonderful you started this thread and I love your opening photo. On a serious photographic forum - not too serious fortunately - it seems that a cat photo is indeed usually welcome. It’s with good reason.

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I love cats. They're the most human like animal I have ever encountered (much more so than my ex mother in law). Children are for people who can't have cats :]

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I agree. Mine is like a damn child- she knows just how to work me to get what she wants. And I adore her for it. They are remarkable creatures. And despite the stories told by cat haters, immensely loving and affectionate......though I realize that if I drop dead mine will no doubt eat my face.

My cat is a Tonkinese - a breed crossed between a Siamese and a Burmese and of which it is often said, that they have the best attributes of both parent breeds - and few of their faults. Handsome, intelligent and sociable they are also affectionate, playful and funny. The best thing about the cat is that she has the Siamese tendency to be talkative. She natters at me constantly, especially when she wants something but also it seems to me, just to make conversation. This communication builds relationships. So on days when I am at home alone with her we will frequently have long discussions about life, the universe and everything. I have to say she makes much more sense to me than any politician I used to have to work with when I worked in a government role. More trustworthy too. The difference I surmise between an ally cat (the politicians) and a domestic cat. In any event she just has a way of insinuating herself into our hearts.

Besides if I did not have a cat when I was at home and feeling bored I would have nothing to photograph. Well there is the wife but..............
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The best evidence that cats are an advanced alien life form is how their images have saturated the internet.
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Yes, many! I get that a lot from cat-people.

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Cats are cool...but cats and bokeh? ... Not ok.
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I don't like cats, don't understand the widespread obsession with them.
Here's ours, I'm glad he's gone missing.

David, couldn't agree more...

Not a cat person really but we do have two of them. A wild-type outdoorsy cat that is really tolerable seeing he is outside most of the time. Recently the girlfriend lured in another Manecoon type kitty? Long hair looks like a bobcat But is otherwise a housecat.

The coon is named Scout and he's more fond of the two dogs than us humans. Possibly his best attribute.

I've never considered either the dogs or the cats to have "human characteristics" other than maybe scratching their ass and eating. But I love my dogs and they get good kibble and a warm bed.

The only benefit I see in a cat is the ability to leave it home while on vacation something the dogs will not tolerate.
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Cats, photography and the internet:

1. I agree with Jack Conrad about cats and bokeh.

2. Think what might be in place of all those cat photos online: the photogrpahers’ meals?

3. With aid of such a marvellous photographic subject to practice with those photographers’ other photographs are so much better.

4. What bad s—t would they have been up to if they won’t doing all of that?
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But cats are just like bokeh. Sharp where it counts, but otherwise soft and fluffy. They are a natural for photography.
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Didn't care much for cats until I found this one at my front door when she was a few weeks old.

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Didn't care much for cats until I found this one at my front door when she was a few weeks old.
Cats are like that. They insinuate themselves into your life. Then if you are hooked - you are hooked for life.
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But cats are just like bokeh. Sharp where it counts, but otherwise soft and fluffy. They are a natural for photography.
Yes, soft and fluffy, but when combined they cancel each other out,
and all that's left is, um... metaphorical emptiness.
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Awesome shot. The cat has obviously put you in a trance like state.

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We've had cats but I wasn't all that close to any of them until this one...Max...
We got him at 8 weeks old from the pound...his sister is the cat in my avatar...
He was 15 years old when we lost him to Cancer this year...I miss him daily...
This is one of the last pictures of him...I find it interesting the two items behind him...he loved the step ladder and hated the vacuum...
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My dad and Precious. Precious is one of my parents' two cats. She loves my dad and sits with him a lot. They just got a 6 month old Great Pyrenees dog, and Precious is PISSED. I was petting the dog when I took this picture, which is why she's staring at me.

The dog is really sweet and the other cat likes her, but everytime she gets near Precious, the cat puffs her tail and hisses. Lately, she's been ambush attacking the dog!




Both cats. Precious is still pissed. I shot both these photos a couple days ago.
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Our Calico has a similar attitude Chris. She most definitely can hold a grudge.



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Sorry, the out of focus blur was unintentional.

I too have noticed that cats never forget. If you do something they dislike - they remember and it takes forever to regain their trust. I have developed a tentative hypothesis that they are little elephants in disguise. Those tails - trunks!
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Cats have been thought to be lucky or evil throughout history. Sometimes they have been adored, other times not so much.

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My grandpa's cat, Molly, a dilute Tortoiseshell, was the queen of grudges.

She loved me, and I had wanted to take her home when she was a kitten, but my mom wouldn't let me have her because she was so mean (to everyone but me). I was still in high school when Molly was born; she lived almost 20 years!

Grandpa had a large white dog and another cat; a black one with white paws named Mittens. Molly hated the dog and ESPECIALLY hated Mittens. My grandparents were allowed to be nice to the other cat and the dog, but I was not.

One time, Grandpa and I went out to eat together and bright back meat for the animals. I gave some to Molly, and while she had her back to me eating, I slipped a big piece of steak to the dog. Just then, Molly turned around and saw it, and she was PISSED. For the next few days, she refused to have anything to do with me.

Another time, Mittens ran past Molly and jumped in my lap and curled up to sleep. Molly sat in front of me on the ground with her back to me and refused to even look at me. I got up and moved to the other side of the room, and the cat turned around again to keep her back to me. She did that every time I visited for the next SIX WEEKS before she forgave me for letting that other cat on my lap!
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I have always enjoyed cats but never actually had one myself. My sister on the other hand is probably a crazy cat lady in the making. This is her cat Feta. I'm debating whether or not to show her that link, the fact that the cats may be dead (I think its pretty obvious that they are indeed dead) will most likely take away from the humor.
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This is beautiful! I love that you can still see the patterns in the cat's fur even though it is deeply silhouetted.
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