A discussion John and I were having about being stuck has prompted this little series. He challenged me to document our nomad life. In various ways I’ve tried this, but it’s amazing how quickly the different becomes the norm, I look around me and don’t see anything different, or special to document about what we are doing. We still have a house, shoes at the door, a bed to sleep in, meals are prepared, and the cat sleeps on, oblivious. It’s just the scale and location that are different. I’m sure anyone else would be able to recognise many more differences, but to me now they’re just every day life.
For some time now I’ve been following David Duchemin at Craft and Vision – www.craftandvision.com – I like his work, and philosophy. I’ve purchased a few of his e-books, the most recent being “Making the Image”. Amongst the creative exercises was one to make 12 images of something, anything, and use a series of questions he posed to drive them. So the cat became my target.
The first question was “Is this a photograph I want to make? Why?”
The Blonde One has been in our family for 17 years now. I’m sad to say, she’s on her way out. So there’s a very personal reason for me to make these pictures. I want to remember. The kids want to remember.
She was feisty, and a lethal weapon when it came to rodents, and ankles down the hallway. Her real name is Wanda (we had fish at the time called Fluffy and Bounce, so it seemed appropriate to name her after a fish), but many, many times her actions were completely unfathomable to us, hence the nickname that stuck.
Now, deaf and blind, all she wants to do is sleep. Or maybe it’s just that everything else is too hard.