Humans don’t have a lock on travel photography. Cooper is a 3-year-old orange tabby and former stray who single-pawedly creates gallery-worthy art and travel slide shows from his ‘hood in Seattle.
To satisfy their curiosity, owners Michael and Dierdre Cross rigged Cooper in a special harness to go about his business one day a week for a year wearing a digital camera that snapped pics every two minutes.
The Crosses, filmmakers themselves, were stunned by the results.
While many photos were duds, Cooper captured some real jewels, showing a natural flair for composition and special effects. Some of his locales have yet to be identified.
“He takes beautiful nature and wildlife scenes and amazing abstracts. He also takes a couple portraits — one of a friend of ours and one of another cat, finally. We’re now calling it Cooper’s girlfriend,” said Michael Cross.
On that score, Cooper’s mum. He doesn’t kiss and tell.
Cooper’s first local gallery showing opened last week at the Urban Light Studios in the Greenwood Collective. His work has also been exhibited in London and he did a spot on Cats 101, a series on Animal Planet.
What’s in it for Cooper? After supplying photographic proof that he waits hours at the door to be let in, the Crosses installed a special cat door Cooper can control with an infrared sensor on his collar.
Some of the proceeds from sales of Cooper’s work will go to PAWS, a progressive animal welfare society in Seattle.