Whenever I see photos or videos about animals online, I click and watch. No wonder, I’m just part of that moltitude of people who linger over cute scenes of cats, dogs, pandas, tigers, penguins… well it could be an endless list.
I know for sure there are very good explanations for that, but I have a question going further into madness: why do I spend time in front of my computer laughing for a Japanese cat, when I have two sleeping on my couch?
It makes sense in the office, when you may need a quick break from work. It’s ok on a bus, at the airport, while waiting for the gate to open. But why at home, with two lovely, furry creatures just longing to play with me?
Whoever gets to know me, will be informed in the first fifteen minutes of our conversation that I have two cats. I constantly talk about them, take pictures of them, which I will obviously show with the utmost pride. I miss them madly, when travelling, so you’d expect me to cuddle them all the time, rather than holding my smartphone.
On January 28th at Visionnaire store in Bologna will open Affinity, an exhibition by American photographer Brad Wilson, who shot wild animals in a studio in Los Angeles to try to capture their essence, while intimately connecting with them. His amazing picture of the eye of the elephant on top of this post was, actually, my starting point, since I was totally taken aback when I opened the press kit. “At least, this is a good reason for neglecting my cats”, I said to myself as I stared.
I’ll do my best to get in touch with Mr. Wilson. I want to know more about standing in front of a jaguar, a mountain lion, an owl. I wonder if he was ever scared, and if they pooed during the shooting. I’m curious about such an unconventional choice, why in a studio, I mean people do anything to capture them in their own habitat. Most of all I have a question buzzing in my mind. I read he moved to Santa Fe (New Mexico) in 2004 “where he keeps working surrounded by the beauty and quietness of the desert”. It is fairly possible that he has cats and dogs there: does he play with them, or is he too busy watching animals online?
As for me, I came to the conclusion that Nina and Tito are such a family to me, that I ignore them the way I used to do with Mum and Dad when I was a kid. Only, I was sixteen by that time, now I should know better not to give anything for granted. Not even a cat.