Pop culture symbolism meets the stars of the Internet
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."