Catalogue of Photography

My brother and sister gave me a cat camera for my birthday one year. We put it on our two indoor cats, one who was more upset by it than the other. (She tends to be more upset than the other about everything.) Then I put it on Duncan (our dog), took him for a walk, and returned to find the camera had fallen off his collar and gotten lost. The pets’ photography career was thus short-lived.

Before the catastrophic loss of the camera, we did get some pictures “taken” by Olivia Kitty Mittens and Edison Gray. Edison took this picture of Duncan:

Duncan, photographed by Edison

Cooper the cat was catapulted into fame by his own photography. He even has a book out now. Meanwhile, at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Philbrook Museum of Art, a special category of employees wears cameras in order to record what happens on the museum grounds. You can watch one of their videos here. It might give you motion sickness, but the meow is just so cute!

Cat cameras work either by taking video recordings (what Philbrook’s Acer and Perilla have) or by taking continuous still photos every few seconds (what we had, and what Cooper has). They are extremely lightweight and fit onto the collar, and are designed to minimize annoyance to the cat, but then, some cats like Olivia just get annoyed really really easily.

I would like to think that if our family cat camera had lasted longer, our pets (whichever ones are willing to wear it, anyway) would end up with some beautiful photographs on par with the ones Cooper has snapped. The fun for humans is not just in seeing everyday scenes from the cat’s perspective, but also in seeing what one’s cat does all day. This art can be a catalyst for humans better understanding another species.

Here is one of Edison’s artsiest pictures:

Open Door, by Edison. If only he could tell us what it means.

I would not mind being a museum edu-cat-or at a museum dedicated to kitty art. What should it be called? I’m thinking Cat Art Town.


About Laura

Paralegal with Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education, frequent museum visitor, based in Washington, DC. I care about what museums can do, both in terms of public offerings and internal practices, to make the world a better place. I blog about museum education ("informed"), the social work of museums ("humane"), and visitor experience ("citizenry").
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