When it’s snow and -20°C outside, it is good to have a fire and a cuddly friend within…
With the warmest wishes for a Happy New Year!
I’ve mentioned the cat calendar I’m working on, and I’ve had a few photo sessions for it by now. Obviously, I want to save the intended calendar shots for later, but I’d like to introduce some of my models nonetheless!
Meeting these cats – be they shy or affectionate – makes me think it’s a good thing I have Lo, who doesn’t want to share me. If I didn’t, with all the space and peace available around here, and all the abandoned cats available out there, I’d be a fully fledged crazy cat lady by now.
It’s only a matter of time…
This is Sune. He used to be homeless. He was rescued from the street by the cat shelter Djurens Vänner in Tenhult, Sweden, together with two siblings. One of the others didn’t make it.
Since four years Sune and his sister Silvia live in a loving home with their new human. They are both models for a new project of mine – the Cat Calendar 2016. Not too surprisingly, it’s a calendar in the making for 2016, meant to contain pictures of rescued cats and something of their stories, and produced entirely to benefit cat shelter activity in Sweden.
As the rain fell rather drearily outside, I was a little surprised when the cat went out the door – and didn’t come straight back in. Peeking out, I realised that he was making the most of our little roofed porch, lying snugly on the fleece I keep on one of the seats and watching the birds at the feeder, safe from the drizzle. I went in to fetch the camera.
As I came sneaking out low to catch this, however…
“Hey, what are you doing down there? Hmm…”
“Now, let’s see…”
“Yep, much better, thanks. Perfect spot!”
Well… the best thing I’ve opened in a long time was something that actually started here, with PAF. So I obviously have to share it with you!
Perhaps you recognize the book on top? 😉
Thing is, it’s a longish story, but I’ve been living this entire year more or less expecting to lose Lo, my cat, any day or week… He means a lot to me, so it’s been tough.
During this time, the wish to get that book together has obviously taken on a new urgency, while at the same time becoming a bit of a monster – I’ve felt like I’ve distanced myself to get pictures, and thinking of paper copies of the cat, when I should just embrace whatever time I have left with the actual, living Lo… Anyways, all part of the process, I guess.
When it all came together, I enjoyed it. I was working with the photos with Lo in front of – or wrapped around – me as often as not, and now it’s such a great feeling to have it done! Now, before he’s gone. Now I can enjoy it (or them, as ‘the book’ turned into two books 🙂 ) with Lo draped across my shoulder, or curled up in the crook of my arm. The memories can become good memories, and when the cat’s gone that’s what the books will remain – good memories. Then they won’t be a too late attempt to bring him back to life in some – any! – form…
Oh well, that’s just to say that without the idea born from a previous PAF challenge, I might not have made it. So thank you, Bonnie, for providing the leg up, and thank you fellow PAFers for the encouragement! And let me repay your kindness with the mild suggestion that if you’re constantly putting off that photo project about a loved one – don’t.
As my sister-in-law would say: Just do it!
(Oh, and the observant visitor will notice that there’s a difference between the envisioned cover and the final result, but that’s because the book in the end took the number 9 as its guiding theme… 9, as in nine lives. Obviously…)