Patience and trust

Dog lying in the shade of a parked carriage

Dog lying in the shade of a parked carriage, Ruxton collection, Ru02-20.

Sometimes a genre photograph holds a surprise, or a redeeming punctum, as elucidated by Roland Barthes.  In this photograph (Ru02-20), taken on a hot dusty street, probably in Peking (Beijing), c.1905, a dog takes advantage of the shade of the horse and cart.  It may even be the photographer’s ever-patient (and trusting) dog?

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