Author: thejumpcatexperiment

Neck and Neck


It’s May 12th, 2016. Just three days after the National Elections and everyone’s restless.

We’re at the brink of a new tomorrow for the country.

As we await–as the remaining votes have yet to be counted and they race neck and neck–

Let’s remember where we’re all headed. Let’s run towards the same finish line.

Neck and neck. Photo taken at the 1st Bistek Challenge, Circulo Verde. February 2015.
Neck and neck. Photo taken at the 1st Bistek Challenge, Circulo Verde. February 2015.

Photography by The Jumpcat Experiment

The Infinite


That we never falter

Cutting through shards of icy water,

Its endless abyss looking at us in the eye

As if to say there’s no turning back

The Infinite

That we never run out of breath

Chasing the fleeting rays of sunlight

Warming the skin

A ball of wonder racing with time

That our arms never tire

sinking in and out of waves

Hurrying to reach the unreachable,

the horizon no one has seen

That we become

Like the stark blue ocean,

the infinite.

Concept & Photography by The Jumpcat Experiment

Photo lifted from Mike & Lucci’s Prenup Photos

Poetry by Celeste

The Flower in the Rubble


flowerintherubble

Regard the flower growing in the rubble.
Despite dust and debris of passions spent;
This flower can live longer than others meant,
Caring and concern do these roots run deep?
We muse, avoiding crushing this bloom, with blind feet.

With integrity she emerged from the ground
Her simple serenity, her aura is all around.

How beautiful are her crimson petals
They open with nature’s blessing.
How sweet her scent of memories kind,
I smile, then fly to adventures new
Where others await, the flower, I leave with you.

Photography and styling by The Jumpcat Experiment  *   Poetry by Lady Elizabeth Haslam

Be the Spark


Books have it that a “spark” is defined as a “glowing or fiery particle thrown off,” coming from Old English etymology. In the electrical sense where the word is associated with wirings and weldings, it can actually be traced back to 1748.

Perhaps people picked up on the dazzling visual of a single fiery spark and began using it in the figurative sense eventually. Since 1941, “spark” started being used in American idioms like “create a spark” or “spark up something,” phrases that describe something or someone as an “initiating or driving force in some activity.”

Spark welding - Sourcebook

“Spark”
Photo taken by The Jumpcat Experiment Inc. for the Design Center of the Philippines “Material Matters” Sourcebook
Taken at a metal work shop in Bicutan last January 23, 2014

 

I guess we were dazzled in the same way when we saw this spark of fiery particles being thrown off a piece of metal in that Bicutan workshop, when we were trying to capture defining shots of materials being crafted to become a new magnificent piece of furniture. Or really, deep inside, we wanted to spark up something new. Whatever it is, it was great to have marked that day with this photo. JLF

How a Cat Boosts Your Creativity


How a Cat Boosts Your Creativity

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“… the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you.”

History is laced with cat-loving creators, fromHemingway’s profound affection for his felines toEdison’s pre-YouTube boxing cats to the traditions of Indian folk art. But hardly anyone has made a greater case for the cat as a creative stimulant and a mystical muse of writing than Muriel Spark in this wonderful passage from A Far Cry from Kensington (public library):

If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work … the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle placidly under the desk lamp. The light from a desk lamp … gives a cat great satisfaction. The cat will settle down and be serene, with a serenity that passes all understanding. And the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you, sitting there at your desk, so that all the excitable qualities that impede your concentration compose themselves and give your mind back the self-command it has lost. You need not watch the cat all the time. Its presence alone is enough. The effect of a cat on your concentration is remarkable, very mysterious.

Article Source: http://www.brainpickings.org/2012/10/24/muriel-sparks-cat/
Image Banner Source: http://www.kittenswhiskers.com/pretty-white-kitty-taking-a-nap/