Joe and Skunk and Mitsy

This is my neighbor, Joe, and his cats Skunk (the black and white cat, obviously) and Mitsy (the polydactyl tabby). I always say Joe lives in the house of extreme cuteness due to his two adorable cats, plus two super adorable kids, and a sweet, cute dog (not to mention his lovely wife).

Joe Mitsy1 Joe Skunk

 

 

 

 

Neil & Rocky

Rocky & I selfie II 3-3-2015This user-submitted post comes from Neil, who managed to snap this photo of him & his cat, Rocky, on the first warm day of spring.

 

“Rocky and I live in Montgomery, Alabama. He and I go on walks twice a day. During times when I feel it’s time to go indoors, I carry Rocky. Rocky sometimes doesn’t want to be held anymore so he will sit on my shoulder until he can jump onto a ledge close to the door. I’m amazed the selfie worked!”

 

Men & Cats photo series with David Williams

Men_Cats-4Menandcats.com recently stumbled across the work of photographer David Williams, who has an entire series of beautiful portraits of men and their cats. I was shocked that I hadn’t seen his work before, since we have very similar projects with similar goals behind them. I reached out to David for an interview, and he was kind enough to answer my questions. Please check out David’s website and Instagram and support it in any way you can!

First of all, do you have a cat or cats?
DW: My girlfriend and I have one cat named Margot. We rescued her after Hurricane Sandy hit New York.

What’s your photography background?
DW: I received my formal training from The Art Institute of Colorado in Denver. But I’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot by assisting some really amazing photographers.
How did you get interested in photographing other men and their cats?
DW: It simply started as a fun project photographing my friends and their cats in 2009 while I was still attending school. I also found the way that society genderizes animal ownership very compelling. As a portrait photographer I was interested in capturing the relationships of my male friends and their cats. It was also a good excuse to hang out with a bunch of cats!

How do you find the people in your series?
DW: Everyone in the photos are either friends, or friends of friends.
How long have you been doing this? How many portraits have you shot? Are you planning to continue?
DW: Since 2009. I’ve only shot about 20 or so. Sometimes it’s hard to find time for personal work. I absolutely will continue photographing Men & Cats because it involves two of my favorite things, taking pictures and hanging out with cats!

Do you show your work only on your website, or do you have gallery shows? Do you sell prints of your photos?
DW: I have shown some work in galleries but don’t focus a lot of my time towards selling prints or exhibitions.

Has anything surprised you while doing this series of photos?
DW: The recent amount of attention the project has gotten has definitely been surprising as I’ve been working on this project for a while. Shooting personal work is very important for a photographer. It gives me an opportunity to show photo editors and art buyers what I am capable to doing when I have complete creative control.