Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB Am Band 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
Lesson: How do you compare this lesson with that of our previous photo specimen - Vulture and a Child?
Now and then I receive from Time-Life rare photographs such as this one, which I find very useful in my photography class. This time the lesson is photo interpretation. There is a saying, "You and I may lie, but the camera doesn't lie." Well, with this photo, whoever coined the adage may have missed something, and it could be the essence of the photo itself. Let's see what the photographer and the publisher have to say.
You know those times when you glimpse a photograph and you think you know what’s happening in the picture, but then something indefinable about the shot plants a seed of doubt, and you look again, and you find that your first impression was absolutely, utterly, totally wrong?
For a lot of people, this 1949 Loomis Dean picture is one of those photographs. At first glance, it looks pretty straightforward: a hunting dog, soaking wet after going into the water to retrieve a duck blasted from the air by its master, sits with the dead — or perhaps mortally wounded, but certainly — waterfowl in its jaws.
But wait a second. That duck doesn’t look injured. In fact, judging by its still (apparently) vibrant eye and, especially, its rapidly fluttering right leg, the duck is most definitely, emphatically .
The priceless look on the dog’s face, meanwhile, is hardly that of a ghoul. In fact, if anything, the dog looks downright embarrassed — as if it simply can’t help sitting there with a live duck stuck in its mouth.
What is going on here?
We’ll let the caption that accompanied this picture in the LIFE book, , clear up any lingering confusion.
“Don’t worry!” wrote the book’s editors. “The duck’s fine!” And that is why this photo is funny, and not tragic. Here’s the story:
as decided that Donald would be best back with the Olsons."
Mystery solved. That’s one lucky duck.