Kit­ten Emo­jis

Pop cul­ture sym­bol­ism meets the stars of the In­ter­net

Modern Cat - - Contents - BY JEN­NIFER NOSEK

Pop cul­ture sym­bol­ism meets the stars of the In­ter­net.

In a stroke of in­spi­ra­tion guar­an­teed to put a smile on your face, Van­cou­ver, BC-based cat photographer Ta­nia Hen­nessy has gone ahead and com­bined two of pretty much ev­ery­one’s very favourite things—kit­tens and emo­jis. The re­sults are ev­ery bit as awe­some as one would ex­pect.

Ta­nia has been “a cat lover as long as I can re­mem­ber. I'm that per­son who points out ev­ery cat I see on a walk!” she says, laugh­ing.

Her spe­cialty is kit­tens, and she has lots of op­por­tu­nity to pho­to­graph them, be­ing a long­time vol­un­teer for VOKRA, Van­cou­ver Or­phan Kit­ten Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion. Ta­nia and her hus­band, Mark Telfer, have a ro­tat­ing cast of kit­tens come stay with them, many need­ing bot­tle-feed­ing in the early weeks of their stay. To date they’ve fos­tered over 150 cats and kit­tens.

This nat­u­rally led to Ta­nia train­ing her lens on her fos­ter cats. “Pho­tograph­ing cats and kit­tens is part of your role as a fos­ter, be­cause amaz­ing pho­tos help them find their for­ever homes,” Ta­nia ex­plains. Her Emoji Kit­tens project proved a log­i­cal leap. “Emo­jis are the ul­ti­mate piece of pop cul­ture sym­bol­ism, and kit­tens are the stars of the In­ter­net. I couldn't be­lieve that the two had never been paired in dig­i­tal art.”

>> TA­NIA’S #1 TIP FOR PEO­PLE AT HOME TRY­ING TO TAKE BET­TER PHO­TOS OF THEIR CATS: "Us­ing a flash can give cats evil glow­ing eyes, so try to take your pic­tures dur­ing the day when there's lots of nat­u­ral light."

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