Wednesday 17 July 2013

Book ~ "Porch Dogs" (2013) Neil Dickerson

From Goodreads ~ Porch Dogs combines fine-art portraits of man's best friend with beautiful architectural documentation of the Southern porch.

Nell Dickerson fondly recalls childhood nights on the sleeping porch of her grandparents' Mississippi Delta home the sounds of katydids, cicadas, and tree frogs, the merciful breeze from the overhead fan. But during the heat of the day, the family sought refuge indoors, leaving the dog to his lonely vigil. "I felt like he understood that the porch was the gateway between inside and outside and that it was his duty to keep sentry there in case someone wanted to pass," she recalls.

Years later, Dickerson noticed that few new homes had porches, their residents increasingly dependent on air conditioning. "We Southerners used to be social," she notes. "Now, we risk losing what makes us Southern: porch sitting. But there is hope. Our dogs maintain the tradition."

Dickerson's incomparable photographs introduce an unforgettable variety of "house dogs," "yard dogs," "shop dogs," "swing dogs," "bench dogs," "top dogs," "under dogs," and "dock dogs."

Whether they're fans of photography or preservation, high art or humble canines, readers won't be able to keep from smiling at the array of delightful portraits that reflect the former cultural pastime of Porch Sitting.

I love dogs!  And I like looking at professional pictures to see try to see what the photographer saw and what caught their eye when they were taking them.

This is a cute book full of pictures of dogs who are house dogs, yard dogs, shop dogs, swing dogs, bench dogs, top dogs, under dogs and dock dogs.  Along with the pictures are descriptions of who the dog is and what they are/might be doing.  Here is a sample:

You'll enjoy this book if you are a dog lover!


LeeAnn said...

Love the new look of the website - very clean and great pic of T.O.

Masshole Mommy said...

This would make a great gift idea for my mother in law.