Only cheeky ones…
For Frank this week – Tuesday Photo Challenge.
Kotor has got one of the best preserved medieval Old Towns in the Adriatic and is a double Unesco World Heritage Site. No sun when we visited, but still beautiful –
When you visit this old town, you will immediately notice how many cats there are… Lonely Planet even goes so far as featuring Kotor in their Top 10 destinations for cat lovers! So, the Venetian Lion, symbol of the city, has more or less been replaced by a smaller variety – a stray cat.
Today they have dedicated an open square to the cats, and made small houses for them to stay in the park. Even with free WiFi…
The attitude towards cats is said to have developed from folklore, with the Montenegrin people holding the belief that cats saved the town of Kotor. It is reported that in 1918, during the revolt from the Austro-Hungarian navy, the Slav sailors would bring their ships into The Bay of Kotor, and with them, also their cats.
Kotor in those days was plagued by lots of mice, rats and snakes, and the various diseases those animals brought. Thus it became a blessing to have the cats there, to protect the town. And that is why cats have become a symbol of good luck for Montenegro.
Walking through the narrow lanes, I did try to find a dog or two…but the only sign (!) of one was – MILO. My own dog – it’s just that this Milo was a restaurant…
Six Word Saturday, hosted by Debbie at Travel with Intent.
Who can resist Frank’s prompt – Cat? I can’t! Opening image is a beautiful Siberian.
And in the gallery they all are stray cats from the streets of Tbilisi, Georgia.
What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.
– Karl Lagerfeld
Taking photos of people or animals when they have no idea that you’re doing it is called candid photography. One of the beautiful things with photography is being able to catch someone in the act. It adds natural life to your pictures. Even if my choices here are mostly in B&W, of course feel free to use what you find most suitable for your shots!
So, this week I thought we would go for candid photos of people or animals – Have fun with the challenge, and we are looking forward to seeing your candid finds!
It is always about keeping your eyes open and be prepared when an opportunity comes up – have your camera ready and just shoot.
Remember to take many photos…the digital cameras give us unique chances to choose which photos to keep or not:
Your first 1,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Sometimes it might feel a bit difficult to photograph people – at least if you are a shy person, like me. A great help can be if you have a longer lens that gives you the possibility to ”hide” behind it and still get close. With a little luck, and practice, you sometimes get one of those lovely smiles – or two.
If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.
– Robert Capa
But, sometimes maybe you should not get too close – catching the moment is also catching your own feeling of what is in front of you…
Photography is a love affair with life. – Burk Uzzle
My photos were made in Bhutan, Morocco, Denmark and Georgia (Tbilisi).
Thank you for all the wonderful frames filled for Patti last week! If you haven’t seen her beautiful post yet – please pay her a visit!