Cooper, the Cat Photographer
Cooper, a normal house cat from Seattle, has recently become one of the world’s most talked-about photographers after his owners tied a timer-controlled camera around his neck, which takes snaps of his day-to-day adventures.
His brilliant career began last year, when his owners, Michael and Deirdre Cross decided to attach the tiny camera in order to answer the question that plagues all cat owners – “where does my cat go all day?” It started out as a fun geography experiment, but when Cooper came home the first day, and they saw the amazing photos they were completely blown away. Michael and Deirdre realized it wasn’t about where their furry pet went all day, but about how beautiful and lush their neighborhood looked from a feline’s perspective.
The mini camera around Cooper’s neck takes photos every two minutes, revealing everything that he sees. Whether it catches other cats, one of his many hiding places, his owners, or the big blue sky, the camera revealed some pretty amazing shots and practically made Cooper a star. It also helped his owners understand more about their pet, for example, they noticed Cooper spent a lot of time looking at the back door, and realized a lot of his time was spent looking for a way to get inside. So they got a cat flap and noticed he was much happier.
The Cross family has saved Cooper’s best work and even set up an art gallery. Believe it or not, there were plenty of art and cat lovers interested in his original photographs, and many sold for up to $320 a piece. The five-year old cat is definitely enjoying all the attention, but it might all be over soon, as Cameron, the Cross’ son has already started crawling and his parents intend to get a camera for him as well. That means competitions for our furry friend.
Meanwhile, Cooper has his own blog and 12,000 friends on Facebook.