Treed at last
Rotor 1, 11-20 april, 2014
Mrs. and Mr. Wallihan where pioneering nature photographers in the 1890s. One of their photographs is titled Treed at last (1894). The picture shows a cougar in the fork of a tree, shot from below. It is turned away from the viewer, but looking down at the camera. The image stages an encounter between animal and camera.
The Wallihan`s produced this picture by running down the cougar with a pack of dogs, a common hunting technique. After beeing photographed, the cougar was shot.
The image was later identified as one of the first examples of camera hunting. Where the rifle is replaced by the camera, and the trophy by the photograph.
Photo: Thomas Schön