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Brooke Shaden: Fine Art Photographer and Fine Feline Friend

Photography by Brooke Shaden

Cynthia:  I love that my favorite fine art photographer, Brooke Shaden, is not only a cat lover but also a cat rescuer. She reposted this photo  – one of her early works –  to her Facebook page a few days ago since she was on her way to Best Friends Animal Society to volunteer AND to adopt another kitty.

This photo makes me think of Alice In Wonderland with the Cheshire Cat.

Marcy:  She’s pretty awesome. Do you think she would let me be her kitty? I could pose for her. Instead of being known as Marcy Very Much I could be Marcy Very Muse. Our pictures would be fantastical and magical and beautiful. It will be known as the Marcical era of photography.

Cynthia raises her eyebrow. She is skeptical.

Marcy (offended):  What?

Cynthia:  Her pictures are already fantastical and magical and beautiful. Remember that post I did about her a few months ago? I am not so sure that she needs your help on that. Besides, I don’t think you could remain still long enough. It’s hard work to be an artist’s model.

Marcy glowers at Cynthia. She swishes her tail back and forth and flattens her ears.

Cynthia:  Honestly, you think you could hold a pose like this?

Photography by Brooke Shaden

Marcy:  “I find inspiration in having the courage to try.”

Cynthia:  Who says that?

Marcy (triumphantly):  Brooke Shaden.

Marcy and Cynthia (exuberantly and in unison):  Awww… She’s so awesome! We love her!

Cynthia:  Shall we?

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to Brooke Shaden for not only creating fantastical and magical and beautiful works of art, but for inspiring acts of generosity and kindness.

Brooke Shaden and her cat


*Please check out more of Brooke Shaden’s amazing work on her website. She also updates her blog regularly with posts about how she creates her art work. Her posts are endlessly fascinating and always inspiring.



Fine Arts

Foreboding Cats: Why I Love Brooke Shaden’s Photography

Cynthia:  Oh, I love Brooke Shaden’s work. Isn’t this one so beautiful and haunting, Marcy?

Photo by Brooke Shaden Photography

Cynthia:  She created this picture after she witnessed an opossum fighting for its life on the freeway. As an animal lover, she was devastated and relentlessly haunted by the experience. She tells it beautifully here on her blog. I find it so amazing that someone can turn their thoughts and imagination and emotions into such compelling and gorgeous art. And what I especially love about her art is the hope that shines through – through her dark images. Her pictures are stunning. Like a Grimms Fairy Tale, or Ophelia, or Alice In Wonderland, or Electra, come to life and speaking. Seriously. Check out her website. She has masses of essays, videos, and inspiration pieces. She is exceptionally forthright and accessible. And, she loves her cats.

Marcy:  I love this picture too. It is so dark, and magical, and foreboding. Like me.

Cynthia: You are dark, magical, and foreboding? Ha!

Marcy:  (dangerously)  Yes I am, Cindy. You don’t …  (checking her claws)  …  think so?

Cynthia:  More like daft, moody, and … FAUX FRENCH!! BWAH HAHAHA!

Marcy:  (even more dangerously … and creepily)  Is that … so?

Cynthia:  (nervously)  Oops. Well… you know… ahem… maybe … foreboding. In a terrorist kind of way. Not in an emotional or artistic… Foreboding does suggest that evil is present … hee hee…  Uh… Marcy?  Marcy? Where did you go?  Marcy?

Marcy’s Voice:  I bet you are feeling a terrible sense of foreboding right about now, huh?

Cynthia:  Uh oh. I wonder when I last trimmed her daggers nails.

Marcy’s Voice:  A loooooong time ago, Cindy. A very  looooooong time ago.