Mother and Child Reunion

two balck cats
Mother and Child

Giuseppe lowers his head, Mimi lifts herself up on one paw to wash Giuseppe’s forehead. Just a tender moment between the two; of all, Giuseppe likes it best when his mom washes his face.

What makes this work for me isn’t just the loving interaction between the two, but the big splash of sunshine that luckily shone down in the little space between them, highlighting Mimi’s torso and outlining Giuseppe’s profile. Of all the photos I took of the two of them this is the only one where anyone but me could tell what was going on.

I also tried it in black and white. I often prefer these types of images in black and white because the distraction of color is missing, leaving only the composition of shapes and shadow and highlight which tends to emphasize the main subject, Mimi and Giuseppe, and sometimes almost creates an abstract image, see below.

two black cats in black and white
Mother and Child in black and white.

But this particular black and white looked too cold and stark and some defining details were lost, so after playing around with all the filters and other ways of adding tonal color I added a slight color filter, using yellow to subliminally carry the idea of the bright sunlight and the warm tones in their fur. I like this the best.

two black cats
Mother and Child with yellow filter.

What do you think? Don’t forget, if you want a constant source of creative inspiration share your life with a cat, especially now during Adopt a Cat month. Any color and pattern of cat is beautiful, but I have always been inspired by the silhouette nature of black cats, as if I’m watching their actions from a distance and seeing only the graceful feline outline. Even if you don’t paint or photograph, they are just so lovely to look at.

And I’m going to have to break my habit of quoting these old pop songs when I title my photographs.

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6 thoughts on “Mother and Child Reunion

  • June 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I just love em’ all! Especially the first one! That was the awwwwwwwwww picture!

    • June 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      Laurie, thanks–sometimes I like a simpler image so removing the color is an easy way to do that.

  • June 12, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Hi, Bernadette, A lovely mother n grown-up son moment.. they’re never too big to get a good wash.
    I prefer the coloured version of the photo.. where you can just glimpse the reddy-brown highlights caught in the sunlight behind their profiles. Looks like someone else has been at the henna here. xxx

    • June 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Annie, it’s those henna highlights that often convince me to keep the color in photos of them, much as I love black and white and they are excellent black and white subjects! Mimi is quite mahogany.

  • June 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I actually like the background colors in the first one, but I think you see Mimi and Giuseppe better in the last one.

    • June 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Vicki, that’s what I meant about simplification, and I was a little surprised at how much more clear the yellow-tinted one was than the plain black and white.


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