Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Understanding Animals


"Heartography" is a new artistic and scientific project that uses heart rate to determine emotional states such as joy or fear in living beings - humans as well as animals. Grizzler is a dog used in this experiment  - whenever his heart rate reaches a specific level of magnitude, the camera attached to his collarbone, takes pictures of his surroundings. This project is very interesting in that apart from being compelling artistically,  I think it will also help us understand our pets better, their emotions and feelings and their general perception of the world.
 Cooper the cat is the first cat-photographer who takes pictures of almost everything he sees and experiences in his everyday life. And his photographs are amazing because they really are authentic, in the sense that we can see what the world is like from a cat's point of view. You can even purchase Cooper's full color photo book or framed limited edition copies of his original photographs, complete with his "paw-tograph" signature on the back:

 It's important to emphasize that a portion of proceeds from each sold print is donated to PAWS: Progressive Animal Welfare Society, a Washington State organization that focuses on helping animals and promoting respect and compassion for animals' lives:


  "PAWS is a champion for animals—rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people. "  Because animals can not speak for themselves. 

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