Saturday, June 28, 2008

Outside of Taqueria

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Taqueria del Sol is the best place in Decatur to get a margarita and delicious yet cheap tacos, enchiladas and spicy turnip greens (mexico meets the south). It is one of my most favorite places in the whole wide world. Did I mention the margaritas? Cath and I were there 3 times last week.

Cath (top): vest, rogan for target; skirt, AA; shoes, tarjay; purse, UO; sunglasses, vintage.
Lar: shirt, UO; skirt, express (circa 1998); shoes, newport news; bangle, ann finley jewelry; glasses, chanel.



ps- A quick note for those of you concerned about this photo. This is the artist's (Tim Walker) statement about this photograph when interviewed by the Guardian:
A lot of people get confused when they see this image. They think it was done by computer, but we actually took pigment powder, mixed it with talc to get the right ice-cream pastel colours, and brushed it into the cats.

The owners were two proud members of the Persian cat club. I can't remember how I found them, but they turned up in a van, covered in cat fur, and stood breathing down my neck as I took the picture. We were worried about putting all that powder into the animals' fur, but they said: "Oh no, they absolutely love it." The cats were such vain creatures - they adored being touched and pampered.

We didn't really think about which cats, or how many, should be done in which colours. We just did each one, and then they had to go back into their cat beds in the owners' van. I think I lost count of how many were pink and how many were blue, but when we were finished they all came out and looked great together. There wasn't enough light to do the picture indoors - but, by a fluke, all the cats seemed to gravitate to this clematis at the bottom of some steps. I didn't arrange them. This is just what the cats did, and they all pretty much stayed where they were throughout. So it's actually quite a naturalistic portrait - apart from the colour.

At the time, in May 1998, I had no idea how the picture would resonate with people. But it has been the image I've been asked about the most. For some reason, people are just fascinated with it - more than any model, house or celebrity I've ever shot. Everyone wants to know about the pastel cats.

Cath and I grew up with cats and would not have used this photo if these animals had been harmed in any way. These pastel Persians reminded me of our kitty who passed away in October, whom we loved very much: the grumpy, dignified faces are a perfect portrait of the breed.

LL

31 comments:

WendyB said...

I love that photo. People are too tightly wound.

Lain said...

Three times, wow.

I hope that each of these times was for lunch or an intimate date. Otherwise we may have a proximity and/or friendship based beef to settle. ...over margaritas. ...at tacqueria del sol.

emma said...

you both look great, but i really like those red shoes

Rachana Shakyawar said...

i loved ur shoes..those r grt..
wish i had those..!
Also ur blos is so intersting , that i am adding ur blog in my fav. blogs.

Cheers!
enjoy Reading..!!

the_kitten said...

Little sweet kittens!

First, you look great! The red booties really pop.

Second, the pastel kitten are really nice to look at, it seems so surreal, while, as the photographer explained, it is quite real.

Jill said...

That cat picture is so great! The restaurant sounds great and I love both your shoes!

Terri said...

mmm... Taqueria! You should also check out in the Atlanta outskirts Pure Taqueria in Alpharetta. Yummers! Your outfits are totally boss :-)

The Clothes Horse said...

There are plenty of safe ways to dye animals--although I suppose it can be humiliating to their dignity, but not to their health! Love the striped vest and the maroon shoes.

Sharon Rose said...

I agree, this kitty photo is really nice and so different!! I'm loving both your outfits today particularly both of your footwear!! I wish we had food places like yours-yummy!!

Broderick said...

That photo at the top is GREAT! :)

enc said...

Thanks for the info on the cats! They're beautiful.

Victoria-H said...

Oh, love this photos !! love the lighting.

yiqin; said...

I love how the red shoes just pop in the outfit! Lovely :)

CoutureCarrie said...

Now that's a cat of a different color! Loving the denim pencil skirt, btw.

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She's Dressing Up said...

Lovely red shoes!
I love the image, its strange how it sort of looks so natural for them to be those colours!

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leelee said...

ohmigosh those cats are colored!

pammish said...

u always have good food and im starting to feel hungry..

red boots! :) cutie!

Secretista said...

I'm in love with the red shoes.

Fashion Tidbits said...

oh good. a little tightly wound but i was still a little concerned. it's always better to be safe than sorry

p.s those magaritas sound yum!

angie goff said...

I'm not big on kitties but love this photo. Also the red shabooties rock.

bestie said...

cutest little cats.(: and oh, yum! tacos and margaritas.. *drool*

Marilynn said...

Oh man, I haven't been to a decent tacqueria in such a long while(the one near my house is now a pizza place)! I love your top in the first picture, I have a thing for strips.


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Anjeanette said...

I really love that photo!
I added your blog to my blog roll. Might you do the same for me? Thanks!

Ash1314 said...

OHH those little red booties are ador! and the cat pic...I love it....would love to frame that above my bed!!

Ragamala said...

These outfits are cute! I like the photo of the cats even though I feel as if I should be a little bit offended.

Terren said...

cath & lar you ladies are gorgeous! if i ever get around to organizing my links, asiancajuns would most definitely go into my favorite/daily/best blog list.

fo sho.

anyway, looks like you two had a nice weekend!

Tina :) said...

I love those red shoes - you both look so cute.

Mare said...

Beautiful kitties!