THE CAT WHO WALKS BY HIMSELF

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In the “Just So Stories” Rudyard Kipling tells how the dog, the horse, and the cow became friends with the first people.  But the cat refused to bargain with the first people and instead tricked the first woman into accepting him on his own terms.  By so doing he remained “The cat who walks by himself and all places are alike to me.”

I take my camera whenever I travel (alas, less frequently that I would like).  It occurs to me that if you stay away from the monuments — the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Empire State Building …. — that cities and the people in them do look a lot alike.

I don’t really believe that. The light in Paris is different from that in any other city I have seen.  The policeman with the checkered band around his cap isn’t from Chicago.  The little girl running down the steep, cobblestone street isn’t in Omaha — could be Seattle though except for the laid-stone wall.  But it’s a good line and true enough to be a nifty title for a portfolio.

Before GPS

Before GPS

Salisbury, England 1982

Punch & Judy Show

Punch & Judy Show

Covent Garden, London 1982

Spring Hill Road, Bristol

Spring Hill Road, Bristol

Not suitable for wheeled vehicles.

Second & Washington

Second & Washington

Pioneer Square, Seattle

Clothing Exchange

Clothing Exchange

Gasworks Park, Seattle

Street Corner, Merchants' City

Street Corner, Merchants' City

Glasgow, Scotland

Balcony, Seattle Central College

Balcony, Seattle Central College

Rainier Photo Supply Workshop

Ce n'est pas le pont des arts

Ce n'est pas le pont des arts

(and the fox terrier went home)

National Gallery

National Gallery

Washington, DC

South 1st Street

South 1st Street

Asj;and, Oregon

Three men on bench

Three men on bench

Art Institute of Chicago

Roasted Chestnuts

Roasted Chestnuts

Covent Garden, London

The Face in the Crowd

The Face in the Crowd

CenturyLink Field, Seattle

Young Family

Young Family

Elbstrasse, Meissen, Germany

The Kiss at the Stone Bridge

The Kiss at the Stone Bridge

Regensburg, Austria

Sprite in Dappled Sunlight

Sprite in Dappled Sunlight

Seattle Center

Officer and Petitioner

Officer and Petitioner

Glasgow, Scotland

 

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