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Emma Downs
That black blob is my cat.

My black cat looks like a blob

Not too long ago, published a review of "In Almost Every Picture #9," a book of photographs collected by Erik Kessels and Christian Bunyan about one family's struggle to take a good photograph of their black dog. It's one of the "great mysteries of photography," they say. I agree.

Before the dawn of Photoshop and digital cameras, the couple documented in the book tried tirelessly to photograph their dog, and it didn't go well. Instead of a dog, the photographs show things such as a woman smiling lovingly at the black blob on the chair next to her or a faceless black shadow hovering over a red ball.

I've got this same problem, obviously. The photograph that accompanies this post looks like Voldermort rising up from black smoke, ready to kill Harry Potter.

So, professional and amateur photographers of the Internet world, how do I take a picture of my black cat?

You can find copies of "In Almost Every Picture #9" at