To prove the point that Every Cat Has Its Day, Too, I spent three hours in Oakland (OR) last week at Alley Cat Treasures photographing their current roster of abandoned and formerly mistreated felines, now numbering thirty or so (I lost count after two hours).
This small gift shop shares a building in the historic downtown with SOSCAT Adoption Center (Sutherlin-Oakland Stray Cat Action Team)—proceeds from sales help keep the center running. I’ve always been a sucker for cats (go ahead, ask ’em), so it was an easy decision to volunteer my time photographing this motley crew. The real work came afterwards, working over each subject in Photoshop—I may be closer to understanding how professional make-up artists (or digital retouchers) feel after long sessions fussing over dust spots and other irregularities detracting from…purrfection?
Each of the cats had as much time as they desired—a couple decided to curl up and nap, which didn’t work—and most, though shy, weren’t too scared of my simple set-up. I think it’s strangers they’re unsure of, not cameras and flash, and I don’t blame them.
“All cruelty springs from weakness.” —Seneca
“It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.” —Mark Twain