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.

 

 

Daisy and Shelby

A Men and Cats reader submitted this sweet post about the man and cat in her life:

Daisy is mine and Shelby’s, my fiancé’s, 6 month old brown striped kitten. We rescued her from an abusive home when she was about 6 weeks old. I wanted a little kitten for myself to take care of and keep me company. But Daisy immediately took a liking to Shelby by snuggling in his lap and following him around. I’ll admit I was jealous especially since I was always the cat lover in the relationship. He had never really liked cats too much before and was more of a dog person, but daisy was different. She is truly man’s best friend! He loves her so much and she shows the same love back to him. Everyday when he leaves for work, she waits on the couch right next to our front door for him to kiss her goodbye. Then she cuddles up for a nap and waits for him to come home. When he arrives home, there she is at his feet welcoming him home for the night, then she jumps up on his chair and waits for him to snuggle with her. At bedtime, she cuddles in between us purring and when we wake up, she is in one of our faces purring waiting for us to get up. Daisy is such a special kitty, and she has made our little family complete. Shelby has been happier since we got her, if he is angry or having a bad day Daisy always tries her hardest to cheer him up. I never expected that Shelby would have grown so close to Daisy, but sometimes the most unlikely relationships turn out to be the best ones.

Little cat-loving man

It should come as no surprise that my three-and-a-half year-old son is a little cat lover. He now worries about every stray cat he sees and wants to adopt them all. There are some feral cats near our train station (they get fed by the locals and I see them regularly peeking out of the greenery, eating cans of food). Just this morning my son said to me, “Mommy! That cat is lonely! He needs a family!” The other day he randomly told me, “I miss Miranda.” (Miranda is his friend’s cat). And he asked me, “Can we get a friend for Charley?” What do you think? Does my elderly, now brother-less tuxedo cat need a new kitty friend? Our vet recommended we get a male kitten if we decide to adopt another cat, and I would really like to adopt an all-black cat, since I have heard they get adopted less due to silly superstitions and whatnot.