The internet certainly could use some more cat photos. So, without further ado, let me introduce you all to 두부 ( pronounced ‘dooboo’ or ‘dubu’ ), my newly adopted cat. Dubu means ‘tofu’ in Korean, and I thought it sounded like a super cute name. She’s very gentle and sweet. She never bites or scratches. She does whine a bit for food, but it’s tolerable. Her cuteness makes up for it. I’m very glad that I can provide her with a safe, warm home. Dubu is a great companion, for I live alone out in the Korean countryside.
I shot these three photos on expired ( 7 / 2010 ) AGFA APX 100 film. I bought the film in bulk and, for the first time, used a bulk loader to wind it into my own film cassettes. It’s a really fun process, and it saves on costs too. Since I shot these indoors under low lighting conditions, I had to open up the aperture of my Canon AE-1 as wide its nifty 50 lens will go – f 1.8. Due to such a wide aperture, there’s lots of bokeh and a very shallow depth of field. If you’ve ever shot with an AE-1, you’ll know that the shutter isn’t exactly quiet. In fact, it’s rather loud. I love the sound it makes, but it startled Dubu every time. She’d move to hone in on the sound, resulting in several blurry photos. However, I’m glad she kept still enough for me to take the shots above. Anyhow, I’m looking forward to loving on her and hopefully capturing some more Dubu portraits in the near future. I’d particularly like to get some medium format shots of her taken with my Rolleiflex. All in good time, I suppose. The photos here were captured with a Canon AE-1 / 50mm prime lens on expired AGFA APX 100 film, personally developed in the darkroom with D76. © Patrick Bresnahan