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Behind the cover
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Published: Monday, June 7th, 2010
It takes a village to create a cover.
Not the exact quote – but fairly accurate. The cover started out as just an idea, but it took a myriad of skills to make it a reality.
The setting was provided by Mother Nature, but the body painting, photography and the bodies, of course, were all volunteered.
Artist Cat Cabajar had always been drawing, but now she’s discovered what she calls her “favourite canvas:” skin.
It started at Sarnia’s ArtWalk Festival in 2004 when she was a mobile facepainter. But once she started, her work got quite popular. A line formed, she was given a TV tray and she didn’t stop. From there, she’s moved onto bodypainting, henna and airbrushing – decorating two year- olds to 79-year-olds.
Her day job is with Sun Media doing classified advertising, announcements and imaging for newspapers across Ontario – but her goal is to make her body art full-time.
“It’s just what I love and there’s a great market. A lot of opportunity even in a small town (like Sarnia),” she said.
For the cover, the idea was always to paint a horizon onto the models stomachs – with the real horizon in the background. As the two subjects – Dave Love and Katie Steinman – were moved around, lighting was discussed and paint was mixed, the fun idea of both of them holding the sun came about.
This wouldn’t have been possible without photographer Hailey McHarg’s eye for details. McHarg’s had a camera in her hands since 13-years-old, and her eyes and brain see in photographs. This particular shot gave McHarg a new opportunity, unexplored photography territory, and she couldn’t wait to get to a computer to edit it. Her first thoughts on photos like this?
“I immediately want to thank anyone who did something to contribute,” she said. “My family of supporters.”
Thanking indeed. Big thanks goes to Hailey McHarg Photography and The Painted Cat, Dave Love, Katie Steinman and The Treehouse coffee bar and restaurant for allowing the Interrobang to invade their beach shindig. For more information on the artists, visit haileymchargphotography. com and thepaintedcat. ca.