The best book of cat photography. Ever. …
|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|
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.
Cynthia (smiling): I hope I get the chance to look like this one day.
Long Silence while Cynthia smiles at the photo.
Marcy (expectantly waiting for more): Okay… Is that it?
Cynthia: Well, I am a little concerned that when I tried to google source the photo, the first thing that came up was the urban dictionary listing for “cat lady”. I really don’t think that is fair. Or accurate. The joy and love that bursts out of this photo is contagious. Why would Google spoil it with ugly name calling?
Marcy: Well, if the shoe fits…
Cynthia: Obviously we cat ladies need new shoes.
Marcy: And better PR.
Marcy and Cynthia stare at the website Brides Throwing Cats. They are dumbfounded.
Cynthia: That’s not real. That’s photoshopped.
Cynthia: So was that.
Cynthia: And that.
They’re all photoshopped. It’s the creation of some “guy from Australia who likes cats and Photoshop.” Wedding photographers submit a picture where they photoshop out the bridal bouquet and add a cat. So it’s fake.
Marcy stares at the screen. Still unable to speak.
Cynthia: It’s okay, Marcy. It’s not real. It is photoshopped.
Cynthia: I know. I know. People are nuts. Just when you think there can’t be any more cat fashion, cat memes, cat videos, or cat anything else – someone comes up with something bizarre having to do with cats. I don’t know how I feel about it either.
Marcy has lost the ability to speak. She can only stare at the computer screen.
Cynthia: I can’t tell what you’re thinking. You ok? It’s no biggie. It’s photoshopped.
Cynthia: I swear. It’s photoshopped. Marcy? You’re freaking me out. Please say something.
Marcy, still not speaking, answers Cynthia with a picture of her own that she found on the web.
Marcy: Not photoshopped.
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.