Nov 26 2007

Another Spiffy Day

Very early in the first year of my BFA program in photography at Concordia University, we were called upon to produce a small portfolio of new work. I had started classes a few weeks late because I’d been out of town working all summer, so I was at a big disadvantage. Anyway, the Saturday before the project was due, I was sitting in my dining room trying to figure out what to do when I noticed my three cats (Larry, Oreo, and Spiff, who was just a kitten at the time) were starting to get rowdy with each other.

So I documented the whole scene over the course of several hours. Believe me, photographing fighting cats is not easy – and this was pre-digital. I noticed that Spiff was the aggressor in every attack, although most of the time he got his ass kicked, so he became the star of the show

Dramatis personæ

I printed the photos full-frame (some of my instructors were “full frame fetishists,” and so was I for a while) and mounted them into an accordion style book called “Another Spiffy Day.” The instructors were torn, because they really liked the work but they couldn’t bring themselves to praise a book about cats. Ditto the other students; most dismissed the book right away, but I think it was the most looked at and commented on project that was handed in that day.

Inspired by the “Ernie” book I linked to on Friday, I decided to dig out my “Another Spiffy Day” book and scan it. I put it on Flickr yesterday, in a set. You can see the set here, or view it as a slide show here.

It’s not high art – I never expected it to be seen that way. But it has action, a narrative, and most importantly, it has cats!

(By the way, Larry is featured in this week’s Monday Morning Photo Blog image.)

Categorized under Cats,Photography

8 comments so far

8 Comments on “Another Spiffy Day”

  1. vanouon 26 Nov 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Great Story, and wonderful pictures!

  2. DAVE IDon 26 Nov 2007 at 1:06 pm

    The one in the middle is so cute and looks like a smartass to me.

  3. Blorkon 26 Nov 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Dave, that’s Spiff. Cute and smartass pretty much says it.

  4. DAVE IDon 26 Nov 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Awwww man you had to make me read that sad story. One Cool Cat!

  5. bethon 26 Nov 2007 at 11:05 pm

    I love it! And especially seeing Spiff as a kitten. These were great.

  6. the millineron 27 Nov 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Spiff is sooooo cute as a kitten! Great photos to have to remember your cats.

  7. Jack Ruttanon 28 Nov 2007 at 1:51 pm

    I can has “A+” ?

  8. vieuxbanditon 30 Nov 2007 at 1:05 pm

    OMG, kitten Spiff! I was already smitten, now I’m desperately in love. He was one GORGEOUS cat.