Ancient Egyptians used to worship cats, and if the internet has shown us anything it’s that that hasn’t really changed. It feels like you can never log onto social media without seeing page after page of cat videos, beautiful cat pictures or other photographs and memes that aim to tug at our heart-strings or make us laugh. Supremely talented photographer Seiji Mamiya has captured these breathtaking pictures of feline friends to portray them in the majestic and even downright regal manner that serves to remind us that we have never stopped worshiping these feisty four-legged creatures.
All cats have their own unique personality, which isn’t tough to capture in a frame. But what sets Mamiya’s work apart from the run-of-the-mill cat pics that we see every time we log onto Facebook is the obvious respect-and even reverence-that the photographer has for his subjects. Each of these depictions use gentle light and expert angles to create a scene unlike the ordinary. While he perfectly displays the cuteness of each feline, Mamiya ventures beyond the “aww” factor to create impressive portraits that will leave a long-lasting impression.
In fact, his work is so well-loved that it has received rave reviews as a book (which you can buy here). This collection of stunning cat portraits is sure to be the perfect addition to any coffee table.
You won’t see cats playing with string or rolling around, tripping on catnip. Mamiya’s work takes an entirely different approach in embracing the natural wonders and sophistication of these creatures. Look at these photos of these beloved animals as they stretch, jump and even clean themselves-all in the presence of glowing natural light that reacquaints us with the fact that cats are not just domesticated buddies. They’re wondrous works of nature.
To view more of Mamiya’s beautiful cat pictures or other work, check out the artist’s Facebook page or 500x portfolio. There is no shortage of delightful cat portraits to feast your eyes on.