Book Review by Patricia A. Bloom, Ph.D

August 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

BOOK REVIEW:

Captured . . . The Look of the Dog

 

In Captured . . .The Look of the Dog, Gloria Yarina (photographer) and Fern Goodman

(writer) take us into the world of dogs, with photographs, anecdotes, poems, and sketches that

highlight each dog in a unique, inimitable way. The artful photographs are complemented by the

writer’s razor-sharp wit and sense of the absurd, making the final composition a delightful read.

It seems we have always been fascinated by the ability of the camera to capture a moment

in time. We study the photograph to see what the eye did not, and we are thrilled with discovery.

What intrigues us most, perhaps, is that every photograph is infused not only by where the lens

was pointing but by the artist taking the picture. Thus, no two scenes, taken by different

photographers, or even by the same photographer at different moments, are ever alike. The artist

selects, the camera accepts.

 

For those who love dogs, these photographs provide a look inside its nature, depicting in

either realistic or fanciful ways, the meritorious delights of our faithful companions. Unlike other

books of dog photographs, however, the photographer, Ms. Yarina, has enhanced many of the

pictures with artistic embellishment. Thus, while numerous books have portrayed the dog in all

its wondrous and varied forms, this is a publication that captures the dog in ways we have not

seen before. It is, appropriately, titled: Captured . . .The Look of the Dog.

 

The writing, by Fern Goodman, gives to the picture of each dog, not only its identity, but

a special luminescence. Some descriptions make us laugh, others make us think, and all are

perfectly phrased to encapsulate and illuminate the picture before us. Each photo/story is

compelling yet rapidly traced, like an old-fashioned zoetrope, where we are amazed and

transfixed by the moving images. Each story takes hold and reminds us, once again, that people

who love dogs and write about them surely deserve our highest regard. For they are the ones who

translate our feelings, which would otherwise go unexpressed and leave us hollow, unable to

explain this extraordinary, time-honored relationship, the one that exists between each of us who

ever had, and loved, a dog.

 

If you love dogs, photography or just the joy of the well-written word, Captured is a book

you must have, to keep, to savor and enjoy, to return to again and again.

 

To pre-order your copy, contact: TheLookoftheDog@gmail.com

Patricia A. Bloom, Ph.D.

www.MyMagicDog.com


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