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Photo of the Week: Sept. 7, 2012

Michael Clemmer
September 6, 2012

Editor's note: Welcome to  Yahoo! Travel Photo of the Week, chosen from the Flickr group created by our readers – you! Each week a professional photographer will select a photo that stands out from the crowd, and explain why they chose it. To have your own photo considered, join our Flickr group and start submitting your own photos!

This week’s “Yahoo! Travel Photo of The Week” was captured by Canadian Bradford Duplisea using the small unobtrusive, Sony Cyber-shot. The wonderfully reposed little guy you see above lives in Mandalay, Myanmar, also known as Burma. (There’s a pretty good chance that this is a “Burmese” cat, famous for its laid-back attitude; a Burmese kitten might set you back a thousand dollars in the U.S.).

A sleeping cat is universal, but as we stop to think about it, it’s deeply humanizing: humans like cats. I will call that my “Unifying Cat Theory.” To those of you who dislike, even abhor, cats, I understand and appreciate your feelings. Cats can be aloof and condescending.  But they sure can show us how to be comfortable.

Tip of the week:

One of the important things to remember when we photograph animals (and little children, for that matter) is to get down on their level.  It shows respect and it shows us the world from their perspective. Mr. Duplisea’s photo displays just that, we get a good sense of how high the doorstep is; we see the places that the painter missed after doing such a good job on the doors. One can easily imagine the cat’s human coming and opening the door; the cat lifting his head; stretching; looking up at the human, then going in with total insouciance.

Congratulations, and thank you, Mr. Duplisea, for your appreciation of little things and sharing your travels.

Alabama-based Michael Clemmer has been a photojournalist/travel photographer, landscape and golf course photographer for over four decades. Once a Senior Travel Photographer for Southern Living Magazine, he has also worked as an assignment photographer for the National Geographic Society and his photographs have been used in fine publications around the world. He currently specializes in golf landscape photography — visit his web site at michaelclemmer.com