Often a human and an animal will look the same, you may just believe they have the same spirit. Skilled animal photographer Gerrard Gethings’ new idea includes matching people with their pet look a likes. The similarity is strange and the portraits are magical.
The hair, the looks, the colors — all of them are selected to imitate the same force. And Gethings did so well. While it would be fantastic if the individuals in the portraits were the owners of the felines, this is not the case. In reality, they are templates that have been chosen to complement the photographed cats. It was a long casting process, but the results were worth the effort! The photos were even turned into a memory card game, ‘Do you look like your cat?
“I’ve already done a series of work focused on people who look like pets. It was very well received and I wanted another project that I felt would be similarly, if not more entertaining. Cats appeared to be the most open option, but they’re infinitely more difficult to photograph than pets,” Gethings said in an interview. Read on to hear moreabout the photographer’s project, as well as the photographer’s project.
London-based photographer Gethings said there are very few instances of cat-human matchmaking online, so his project seemed to be a real challenge. “It’s just something viewers would never have seen before. It was really important for me to build something different.
“It was difficult to find cats with enough variety to make the series exciting, and I traveled much of England to film them. Unlike dogs, merely having cats wasn’t enough, so I had to persuade them to take part. I rode for hours on more than one occasion, set up my supplies, and then the cat refused to play ball. I just wanted to pack up and go home feeling really deflated”.
These kinds of encounters told Gethings that cats appeared to have a “poor sense of humor” and seemed to mock the photographer. Living with them was much more taxing than living with dogs that were easier to manage.
“[The cats] would always pose beautifully on the table while I set up the lights and then, while soon as the camera came out, they would never be seen again. Another big problem was that cats don’t have the same number of facial movements as dogs. They seem to look either frightened, suspicious, or furious. They also don’t respond to food like dogs, who do absolutely nothing for a slice of cheese.
He went on to say, “I had to use more physical references in this story. Many of the cats will love playing with toys that lead to some fantastic body shapes: the boxing cat and the dance cat, for example. The biggest difference between dogs and cats appears to be that dogs are really happy to satisfy you. They’re selfish, too, which benefits immensely. Cats, on the other hand, are very wary of unfamiliar items. They still have regular access to food, but they are not guided in the same way as dogs are.