December has been a really hectic month and I have ended the year feeling a little bit exhausted but, at the same time, I am excited about starting a new year in which I will have a lot of artistic projects going on.
I must confess that this Xmas I wasn’t feeling particularly christmassy or cheerful, which is unusual because I am always quite happy about the thought of visiting my family, eating until I can’t even breathe, playing board games after lunch on Xmas day or just seeing all the bright lights around the city. Perhaps, living in the middle of one of the city’s busiest commercial areas had something to do with it because as December progressed and I saw myself and everyone around me rushing and running around to get presents that really had no other function than to tick the box of “I got you a present”, I felt less and less festive: I felt rather sad thinking about this eternal spending-nonsense//hamster-wheel that we have gotten ourselves into and it somehow dampened my annual Xmas joy a little bit.
But, gloomy thoughts aside, December was a good month: I had to go to London to work (and managed to cram in some time with my family there…), I took lots of photographs that are secret for now, I drove 1188 km on my own in less than a week, I visited my Spanish family over Xmas, got some great presents myself, worked a lot and, apparently, interacted with more cats than in my entire life.
Here are December’s MPA and, before I forget, Happy New Year to all of you!
They had set hundreds of plastic glasses with water coloured with different hues of blue and green dye. In each glass there was a battery with a small LED attached to it. It was too bright to get the full effect but I guess it must have been beautiful to look at at night.
When I got to my uncle’s house this fella came by to greet me. I will tell you more about him in a couple of photos but you should now that I named him “Fleagul” because the day after petting him I woke up covered in flea bites!
Okay, here’s the story. I got to London and met Fleagul and then saw this poster that my cousin had made and put around her neighbourhood. My cousins had semi-adopted this friendly stray cat but they couldn’t have it in the house, so they were looking for his owner. Beware, because he is very hungry.
<3 The problem is that my aunt is allergic to cats, so they couldn’t keep it and it was getting colder and colder every day even though he was kept warm by my cousin’s insane dances. (To be continued in a bit…)
So, before I went to the shoot on Sunday, we took Fleagul to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. They assured us that they wouldn’t put him to sleep if he had no serious ilneses and that they would find him a good home. Hope you’re safe dear Fleagul!
And just when i got back to Madrid I had to catsit Raulio, who had a keen interest in my ‘secret’ bookcase. (It is secret because it is placed in a way that only I can see its contents when sitting at my desk…)
What I like about Andalucía is that people are barking mad and do whatever they want. Here a woman had installed a pulley with a rope on her balcony and used it to pull up her husband’s things. (They shouted throughout the whole process.)