Thursday, March 6, 2008

Aesop's Fancy

The rabbit and the turtle both have long traditions in art. The turtle has represented strength and tranquility and is the subject of much folk art in pottery, baskets and cloth. The rabbit has been bred by humans and has always had an association with value such as sustenance, fur and fertility. Their paths crossed in the famous Tortoise and the Hare fable of Aesop. When trying to photograph our heros we found the turtles swiftly left us with their goodbyes while the rabbits sat and posed. Swift turtles and steady rabbits.

In terms of art, however, it seems that the rabbit is pulling away in popularity and variety. From Alice’s elusive friend in Wonderland to Eduardo Kac’s Green Florescent Protein Bunny our long eared subject is a better view. And muuuccchhh easier to photograph.

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