Alejandro Jodorowsky

I presume I can speak for many of you lucky to have a familiar in their life (I don’t like to call them pets, I see them as companions), that it must be one of the best things to endow upon a homestead.
Till June this year, my life has been terrific, and I did not feel that anything was missing. Then Jodorowsky entered my life, and I can’t imagine the world without him.
I observed him for a while on the streets, suspecting that he is a stray, and wondered if he needs a loving home. Eventually, when he started looking abnormally skinny, I took matters into my own hands (literally) and rescued this extraordinary character.

Even though he has been with me only for a few months, he became a crucial part of my and boat life. I merely had to include him in the theme. I reflected on the method from the brief and approaches I haven’t used yet, simultaneously considering what would work with the cat as a subject. I settled on using overexposure, set up the camera, and took a few shots of Jodorowsky. He is the most vocal cat I have ever met, and I was fortunate to capture him at this most natural and characteristic. I worked with his animalistic tendency of constant movement and applied overexposure. I caught some blurry motion that fulfilled my objective.

I was pleasantly surprised with the final effect and even experimented with the original image in Photoshop, turning the brightness all the way down. It delivered an unusual, unique outcome.
Engrossed with the avant-garde effect created by this method, I made a note of it and anticipate to revisit it in the future.

My familiar, Alejandro Jodorowsky, is named after one of my absolute heroes and source of inspiration, Chilean-French filmmaker, and artist. A novelist, screenwriter, a poet, a playwright, an essayist, a film and theater director and producer, an actor, a film editor, a comic writer, a musician, and composer, a philosopher, a puppeteer, a mime, a psychologist and psychoanalyst, a draughtsman, a painter, a sculptor, and a spiritual guru (

I highly recommend everyone to explore the wonderfully surrealistic world of Alejandro Jodorowsky. One of his all-time masterpieces is ”Holy Mountain”.

Published by Elzbieta Skorska

My name is Elzbieta Skorska. I am a second-year photography student degree at MMU.

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