Another post about my infamous travelling cat. He flew in a plane to a new world, and watching him explore his new land and territory has been inspiring.
I was so nervous, cautious and hesitant about him coming here, afraid that I'd finally gotten him here and he would lose his was, or just find more love in another home and run away...such a paranoid cat mommy.
But he's a wonder to watch while he's exploring, not afraid of anything. Back home in SA, he never had other cats around, he never encountered other cats. He had three Jack Russell's that respected him and a Staffie cross Daxie that loved to play with him and run circles around him! So the end result being, he has no idea what other cats are, and I assume Momo thinks they are strange looking dogs.
There is a resident cat that has been here for a while, Stompie. She has a short tail and little voice. Momo is trying in vein to be friends with her, but she just hisses at him and he stares at her and can't understand, so swishes off to carry on doing what ever he was doing. We also have a stray, squint Siamese with a deep meow that comes waltzing through the garden, whom Momo follows around when he's here...it's more like a fascinated stalking, and I'm sure Mogli is just trying to understand what this cat is yowling out.
Just as a mother documents the stages of their child's life, I try to capture the life story of my fur-baby. The images are from some of his first wanderings in his new space and into the garden. And yes, he also wears moustaches on his attire!
There are many forms of art. There is painting and sculpture. Sketching and drawing, as well many other forms. Some consider music and dance a form of art too. Tattoo artist fall into the category of artist as well. Able to take needle and ink and use the human body as a canvas, I admire the work they do, because just like any artist, a tattooist must have skill, knowledge and passion for the work they do and create.
When I was growing up, I grew up in a traditional, "old school" household, where my dad was against any piercings (besides my ears) and definitely no tattoos. But I also got away with a lot, and so at 18 I got a small tattoo of a dragonfly on my back. Some people have meaning behind why they have a tattoo, or use something symbolic, but each to their own. My tattoos are discreet and have followed the theme of animals, my greatest passion.
I had my flock of birds tattoo done in 2012, and they have the most significant to me.
My family have always been close. We've been through the good, bad, ugly and awful together. But anything that's ever happened has always pulled us closer and made us stronger. We may argue at times, but defend each other fiercely when others say a bad word about us. We tell each other we love one another without judgement. We keep in contact even when worlds apart. We laugh and cry together. And the beauty of it, is our family grows not just adding others to the flock, but on the inside too. Not one day goes by without the support and love I feel from my family, and I wouldn't trade any of them for all the treasures in the world...they are the most precious treasure.
My bird tattoo was inspired by my family. I have one bird for each of my immediate family members, so seven in total. I have it on my left shoulder, just as the saying goes to "wear your heart on your sleeve", so my family are my heart. And we are a flock, not scattered, but a unit. A family unit. No matter where one family member is, the others know where they are, or shall follow.
And so, I have used my tattoo as my logo, transferring one art form to another. Applying the strength, love and support into what I truly love to do...photography.
Living in sunny Durban, South Africa all my life, I never truly understood what it was to be cold, or experienced the white fluffy stuff, snow. Oh, I've seen the torrential Summer down pours flooding our swimming pool and hail the size of golf balls taking over the garden, but never little flakes of white drifting from the sky. I tried many times to visit the Drakensberg in Winter, in the hopes of being there at the right time, but alas it was never meant to be. And now it still seems to be eluding me, even though I am now living in the United Kingdom in the peak of Winter, it is hovering in the very far North, while I am way down South!
When I travelled to the UK in December 2012, I arrived the day the white frost started. It only stuck around for two days, but man, that's what sold me on coming to live here. It may not have been snow, but it was beautiful...enchanting and magical! I had seen frost before, but not like this, never white frost. It clung to the leaves and twigs, and transformed all the delicate dead of Winter into something mesmerising . But as beautiful as it was, it wasn't there to last, only to capture my heart and allow me to capture it, to be shared.
I cannot wait to see snow, while others more experienced in the horrors it brings, think I'm crazy to wish for it. But if it still doesn't come to me, I will go to it next year...with a snow
Momo came to live with me as a four week old ball of fluff that still needed bottle feeding, after my brother found him on site between two containers with no mommy or other babies. I was meant to just foster him, find him a new forever home, but he stole my heart when I needed a companion. He was my perfect photographic subject in first year, and he continues to be, always complacent when he has lenses aimed at him. When I made the choice to come and live in the UK, I thought of and asked all my animal friends what I should do, if I should seek out another perfect fit home to live, or do what my heart told me was the better thing, and pay for him to come to the UK with me? I just couldn't think of anyone I truly felt would love my fat grey cat the way I do...So I started the process and paper work, as well as the flight payments. My domestic short-haired grey cat, that costs more than a pedigree Russian Blue (which he resembles), is now safe and sound and settled in well to his new UK home...where he continues to be my fluffy muse and companion.
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