People I Sleep With

People I Sleep With

by Jill Fineberg
     
 

Somewhere at the dawn of our history, a wolf lay down by a Cro-Magnon campfire and the first intimate relationship between animal and human was born. As the millennia passed, we learned to harness the tireless speed and strength of horses and matchless hunting and herding skills of dogs, and thus became the dominant mammals on the planet. We continue to employ and

Overview

Somewhere at the dawn of our history, a wolf lay down by a Cro-Magnon campfire and the first intimate relationship between animal and human was born. As the millennia passed, we learned to harness the tireless speed and strength of horses and matchless hunting and herding skills of dogs, and thus became the dominant mammals on the planet. We continue to employ and rely on animals to this day, not only for the many heroic and utilitarian services they perform, but also for the peerless companionship and unconditional love they offer. PEOPLE I SLEEP WITH documents this very special bond between some very special creatures, both domestic and exotic, and their beloved human guardians. This powerful collection of images is by turns poignant, provocative, and whimsical. It is impossible not to marvel at the mastiff and the boa curled protectively around their dreaming boy. Or smile at the sensitive hen snuggled up to her girl, the inky embrace of the tattooed gentleman with napping poodles, or the dapper, delicate scorpion and his dozing young friend. Each photograph captures the effortless intimacy between species as they sleep, sometimes tenderly intertwined, sometimes not even touching, yet always quietly, undeniably connected. A collection of photographs depicting domestic and exotic animals napping with their humans. A wonderful addition to any photography collectors library, with 200 black-and-white photographs featuring 50 animal-and-human families. A glorious gift for animal lovers of every stripe for any occasion. Dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, pigs, llamas, rabbits, wolves, birds, snakes, monkeys, and more are represented.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a G-rated volume with an R-rated name, photographer Fineberg takes an intimate look at "those we let into our beds" by snapping black-and-white pictures of people napping with their pets. Fineberg gives her subjects a two-page spread: one page offers a series of small, seemingly preparatory shots (a cat mincing her away along a bed, for example), while the facing page reveals the real snoozing action (the same cat, joined by more cats and a few dogs, lying on a bed with her human companions). Happily, Fineberg goes beyond cats and dogs: she captures a man dozing in the dirt with two donkeys, a boy napping with his pet scorpion and a woman sleeping with her 125-pound potbellied pig. Some of the photos seem too staged-Can that lady really be sleeping while that gecko's sitting on her face?-but they're charming nevertheless. Complementary quotes (from Jane Goodall, Stephen Budiansky, May Sarton, etc.) accompany the dozens of b&wphotos, and captions at the back of the book reveal more about the photos' subjects. Fineberg also lists some of the benefits of the human-animal bond (e.g., studies have shown that people with pets have fewer minor health problems than people without) as well as the names and addresses of numerous organizations dedicated to animal welfare. This is a sweet, just slightly schmaltzy exploration of the animal-human bond. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580086349
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

JILL FINEBERG lives and works as a photographer, healer, and grief counselor in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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