Hairless cats are odd, rare and definitely not known for being ‘beautiful’. I am drawn to their alien looks. There’s something disturbing yet eerie that astonishes me every time I look at one of them. In this body of work I explore the beauty of the Sphinx within that oddity.
With their piercing eyes, wrinkled bodies and knack for placing themselves in jarring positions; without fluffy and fancy coats, the Sphinx shows what a true cat is in every fold and movement. They are raw, exposed, vulnerable. When you let your eyes linger on these alien forms, framed in shadows to reveal every curve and expression, it’s easier to see the beauty hiding in their tiny, naked frames.
Animals and photography have always been part of my life since I was a kid. My dad and aunt were avid photographers; and me, I was the crazy kid bringing home all sorts of animals. My passion for animals has pushed me to explore their beauty and uniqueness. I want to capture the elusive mood of the animal’s personality and expressions, allowing them to be themselves with no promptings. There is still a lot to be explored with my animal photography. I look to create vibrant and unique images in a classical way to evoke emotions in the viewer. Being outdoors, and cloudy days make me happiest.
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Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.
The Disturbing Beauty of Sphynx Cats
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