I Found a Newborn Kitten | Day 05

Today I didn’t get the Fluff and Kuro photos I wanted because every time I went to shoot they were asleep.Certainly, I’m not writing an empty post. I don’t always include Stripes and Flash in this post series but they are always there. So this time, I focused on them instead of the kittens.

I picked a few nice shots of Stripes sharpening her claws.

I also got a confirmation from Flash that I’m his favorite human!

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So I was taking photos of Stripes. I really didn’t get that many chances before because she never let me too close. I was making the most of the opportunity! Flash is always my favorite cat but at that moment I needed to shoot Stripes. I took my sweet time photographing her while Flash was behind me. He was trying to get my attention until he wasn’t. that’s when he pounced on her! He was jealous! When a cat gets jealous over you, you know you’re their favorite human!

And this is my favorite photo of the day.

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I Found a Newborn Kitten | Day 04

Today, I got a sign that Fluff is going to be a lively and fun cat. I already noticed that he just can’t sit still since the beginning but today he’s moving too much. This could mean so many things but I’ll ignore everything and just say that he’s going to be a funny and playful cat because I just want him to be that way so I can play with him!!

That would be the same with Kuro except for the fact that he doesn’t seem to be very active. I wish I could take clearer photos of him too. Unfortunately, he’s always in the background facing the box walls or sleeping in the corners (while Fluff is sleeping on top of him!)

Looking at them now, I can almost see the strange dynamic that these cute kittens will grow up to have. I guess I really must keep track of their development through my lens and this journal series. It’s difficult for me to maintain daily entries because the blog isn’t a priority but I’ll do my best.

 

I Found a Newborn Kitten | Day 3

As promised I have better photos of the kittens today even if they’e only slightly better.

Also, You get to know their names! All right everyone! Meet Fluff and Kuro! (Kuro is Black in Japanese > now you know which is which!) My girlfriend named them. And I couldn’t come up with better names even if I tried. I suck at naming cats!

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At first, Stripes came between me (my camera) and her babies as expected (you can see her as the blurred parts in some of the photos) but then she just stepped aside! She keeps surprising me. I’m liking her even more!

I noticed that they’e starting to open their eyes a bit now. They can’t see yet though.

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I found a bowl full of milk beside the box. That means the neighbors are keeping an eye on them too which is great.

I’ll keep chronicling Fluff and Kuro’s development by taking photos every day for as long as I can.

I Found a Newborn Kitten|Day 2

This is a follow-up on the previous post

So unfortunately, it turns out I was right being worried that the kitten might fall off the pot and get stuck again.

I came home this morning to check on the kitten and I found it in the corner stuck between two walls and the pot. I don’t know how long the poor thing has been there because I did not sleep in that house last night. I really hope it hasn’t been long since it fell.

I picked it up, put it in a cardboard box and set it in the rooftop. I went down to get some food for the mother and the camera but when I came back I was surprised to see a second kitten. And I was relieved; Yesterday I only found one and I wondered about the rest of the litter. Stripes is a young cat so those two kittens are probably the whole litter if it’s her first time giving birth.

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I’m happy Stripes lets me get close to her now (not to her babies though!)

She doesn’t let me get too close and I respect that. I really don’t wanna be bitten and scratched by her! Anyways, I think she knows I’m tying to help so all she does is stand between them and me (and the camera!). These are the only decent photos I could take. The lack of light didn’t help. I’ll try force a few good ones tomorrow.  just need patience.

They’re cute, aren’t they?!

I kept checking on them every now and then. The last time I did I found Miki there too and I grabbed a quick one.

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I’ll follow up on this story in a third post tomorrow. And I’ll do my best to take better shots.

I Found a Newborn Kitten!

This morning I heard birds chirping. The sound was really close and I knew it wasn’t flying. I thought it was a bird got stuck somewhere near the house. I went to check it out and it turns out I was half right. There was a kitten (not a bird) stuck in our flower pot-filled balcony between one of the pots and the wall. The Poor kitten was probably born a few hours ago. Its eyes were closed and it could barely walk. I got it out as gently as I could.

I really didn’t know what to do. The other neighborhood cats, all three of them, were around me and they were so intently observing me that I almost heard them saying “Don’t mess this up, human!” Anyway, I put the kitten on a safe corner then I went home to get a syringe and some milk. I really have no experience with this and I didn’t have time to google a how-to!

So I started feeding the kitten slowly. At first, it was taking it then it started to agitate. The other cats were still staring. At this moment I noticed that Stripes was really close and she’s only getting closer to me which is quite unusual because if you have read my previous posts you’d know she doesn’t get familiar with people. she’s always on alert, never gets too close to humans. I extended my hand to Stripes and she didn’t back away. That’s when I knew the kitten is hers.

I was so relieved. I put the kitten down.This time it’s my turn to back away. She grabbed her kitten and went back to balcony and settled down in the biggest pot in there. I assume she figured it’s safer there than in open space. However I’m concerned that the kitten will fall down from the pot again because I assume that’s how it got stuck in the first place. I noticed that it keeps on moving but its eyes are closed so it doesn’t really see anything. So now I have to keep an eye on them as long as I can.

Here are the first photos I took. That is the only angle from which I could take the photo. It’s really narrow and Stripes, fearing for her kitten, gets in the way every time I open the balcony door to give her food or take photos.

I want to help them as much as I can so if you have experience with this, please feel free to give me advise in the comments section. Thank you.

The Other Shoe That Was Dropped

Part of a small collection of random subjects at my brother-in-law’s house.

 

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This collection was shot at my brother-in-law’s house/farm. I started shooting for no purpose but then I developed an idea. I wanted to show him his own turf in a new way that perhaps he never paid attention to. After two days, we sat down, I showed him the photos and we talked about half the things in there. The other half he didn’t even remember when was the last time he used or saw even though he lives there. The photos were engaging to him because it was personal to some degree. Someday, I hope my photography can engage people on a much wider scale.

 

I’m Back

It’s been a while! I have a lot to catch up on here but I don’t have many new photos to post. I was shooting film this past month – just familiarizing myself with an analog camera.

I only have one problem: there’s no more labs developing films here anymore so I had to send my rolls to France to be developped there then will be sent back to me scanned. That might take a while.

While researching film photography, I found that Tri-X 400 films have the aesthetic that I’ve been looking for so that’s what I’m shooting now. These first few rolls are more of a test. Once I see how they’ll turn up, I’ll get down to business.

Here’s an imperfect Tri-X 400 emulated look. edited by Silver Efex Pro.

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I will do my best to resume daily posting again! ^^

Purification

States of Mind: Purification

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When the baggage in my head becomes unbearably heavy I take a lonely walk and pretend it’s a dream where nothing else exists except me and raging Mesteerean winds and waters.