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Storytelling For Artists
by Carolyn Edlund of artsyshark.com
As a tiny kitten, Lorenzo was tossed in a garbage can at birth and left for dead. Joann Biondi rescued him and brought him to her Florida home.
By the time Lorenzo was three months old, he was sitting up on command and jumping through hoops. When he heard her shout, "Hooray Lorenzo," he preened like a proud lion. Although eager to please, he was also a self-contained spirit with plenty of spunk-he loved to sink his teeth into a bare ankle as it passed him by.
He had another bad habit as well, and that was stealing panties from the dirty laundry basket. One day Biondi got mad at him for this and decided to get even. She put a spandex tank top over his head and onto his body. Lorenzo was unfazed. He adjusted his shoulders, threw out his chest, and looked at her with an expression that said, "You think this bothers me? Well it doesn't. In fact, I like it." He walked around wearing that tank top for days.
These days, Lorenzo is an international online sensation, dressed in clothes for every occasion with a rockstar feline attitude. Biondi's photos of him have become so popular that he has his own Facebook page, Twitter account and website.
That is Joann Biondi's story. She clearly understands the power of storytelling as part of her photography and how it creates the appeal that Lorenzo has for his many fans. In fact, each photo of Lorenzo has a quirky caption expressing his personality as a proud metrosexual male with a clothes fetish and a very hip character.
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