Brooke Goldman, a New York-based photographer was dead on her feet when she saw one of the funniest sights of her life. She just got out of her bed to walk her travel-bound boyfriend to the train station, and was wandering through the city in a sleepy haze. While wandering around she past one building in her neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, and noticed something off about the small nativity scene set up in front of it, specifically that the manger’s usual occupant had been replaced. Sitting in the red basket instead was a very round and very grumpy cat.
“I was laughing pretty hard, especially at the fact that the cat looked pretty angry as well. I was invading his space, but I couldn’t pass up the moment,” Goldman told Bored Panda. Judging by the feline’s expression, he was going for more of a ‘Grinch’ vibe than a ‘joy to the world’ one, but whether he liked it or not, he definitely inspired at least a little bit of holiday cheer. “I frankly can’t get over the whole thing because it truly is one of the funniest things that has ever happened to me,” Goldman said.
Goldman snapped a pic of the scowling Scrooge and shared it on the Catspotting Facebook group. From there, it took off like a rocket. “It started off as a silly image in my neighborhood that is now being posted and shared all over the internet, I’m being interviewed, and it’s becoming a meme. This is a dream come true in the goofiest of ways,” Goldman said of the experience.
Brooke Goldman is a Rochester Institute of Technology graduate from Florida who now calls NYC home. Currently, she works for a still life and beauty photo agency, she did admit that animal photos will always hold a special place in her heart. “I only use Facebook for looking at animal photos; I’ve turned a possibly toxic social environment into something incredibly humorous and positive for myself in using it in this way… Definitely expect more animal photography from me!” she told us. She’s also working on a project that will juxtapose scenes of mundane office life against a fantastical ladies’ convertible racing club that lives on the open road, so be sure to check out her website to see its development in real-time.