Takahiro Shirai

It is a cat that Takahiro Shirai photographed on the shore of the Setonaikai (Seto Inland Sea) in Okayama Prefecture. Let’s feel the moment and listen to the photographer telling the story. « The twilight falls, everything becomes dark. At the moment the cat jumps, I take this picture when the jumping cat appears as a silhouette. Let’s be happy lookig at the picture and feel the beauty of the sea and the movement of the cat. » Another photo shows the silhouette of a cat under the moon. « That night, the sky, without being a sky full of star, rises my …

Hideto Kinoshita

Lost cat – Nekosagashiteimasu Just cats to be happy !   White cat – Shironeko One day I was visiting a city for the first time. I met an unknown cat and this cat seems to tell me « please take my picture ! » Isn’t it always like this when you take picture of a cat ?   instagram.com/kinoc00/ ©Hidero Kinoshita      

Kei Muto

Cat short stories « Twin » cats Both cats show their faces at the same time over the top of the house wall in front of my older sister’s house. Apparently they are not residents from her neighbours’ home, they are stray cats. But the neighbours fed them and were taking care of them. They even found names and gave them love. On the left part of the photo, the cat has been called Miki and on the right Chacha (this cat is brown and in Japanese “cha” means “brown”). They were often together and once I was on a visit to …

Aoki Kanjo

For a better cat life … Aoki Kanjo loves cats and has two cats at home. He has already seen kittens growing up with their mom after sheltering them. All those cats were cats abandonned cats in the streets or rescued cats. Nowadays he still photographs cats and actively gets involved in animal protection. He is in charge of checking the health status or monitoring the living conditions of stray cats, anykind of cats living outside. Congratulations Aoki ! For this interview he proposed us two pictures he took in a Tokyo temple. The first one with a black cat …

Syotaro HAYASHI, Tadafumi MIWA, Ikumo MOTOSUGI

For Syotaro Hayashi, just like him who lives in Osaka in the middle of the city and buildings, stray cats also exist in a similar way and it is perhaps to leave a trace that Syotaro HAYASHI takes pictures of them to leave a ” trace ” of them. Rather than the term ” work or photo”, Syotaro Hayashi prefers the word “trace” (as a proof, a recording) to describe those photos. « The photo I propose here is the one among a few thousand photos I have taken of stray cats, the one in which I feel life with the most intensity. It’s …

Hiromi Kakimoto 

NEKOMATA * Hiromi Kakimoto is graduated in 1997 from the Japan Institute of Photography and Film and in 1999 from Seian University of Art and Design. She received the Ueno Hikoma Award in 2002. She had several solo exhibitions in Japan and numerous group exhibitions in Japan, Switzerland, France and Korea. Recently she exhibited in Russia. For Neko project she got interested by Japanese folk and did some research before starting her project. Let’s remember what Hiromi says about story and photography. “I am interested in the process of devising a story, first creating a mental image that I can …

Yuko FUKAGAWA, Daisuke ATSUMI, Yumi SATO and Koji ONO

A True Photography (cover photo ©Yuko FUKAGAWA) In her Neko project, Yuko FUKAGAWA presents a very cinematographic color photo, where cute kittens queue as customers in the front of a Japanese izakaya (a sort of equivalent bistro we may have in France). We are in February, a very cold month in Japan. The kittens stand as close as possible from each other to endure the cold. In the izakaya a man is cooking yakitori (chicken skewers) and the « oishi oishi » (tasty) smell attracts the kittens. The Japanese culture is present with the wooden boards where are written the …

Masahisa Yokomizo

Originally, Masahisa Yokomizo only saw the stray cats infesting his neighborhood as pests that soiled his bike and car. that was before he started taking pictures. One day, walking with a camera in hand, he started to photograph these cats he had often crossed paths with, and he gradually developed a profound interest in these felines models. He felt drawn to the strong freedom of life that comes from these stray cats, something he had never experienced with domesticated cats. The photographer therefore started searching for these cats and thus discovered the paradise of the homeless and stray cats at …

Naoyuki Ogino

The LittLe Deity Naoyuki Ogino lived ten years in Mexico and his first photographic works, of an ethnological nature, explored his origins, depicting the lives of Asian people. His native Japanese culture has also led him to take an interest in the folklore of his country and to dedicate an important series to the geisha (A Geisha’s journey). His proposition for Neko Project was born from this particular body of work. We are in Kyōto, in a geisha house. Naoyuki ogino explains: “In Japanese, wakaokami means “the young landlady”. All the geiko (geisha in Kyōto) and maiko (apprentices) in this …

Shinji Otani

Fascinated by the artificially coloured photographs of Tutankhamun’s tumb, Shinji Otani attempts to reproduce in his own pictures this feeling of added reality brought by the application of colour on black and white, which gives the archeological site the aspect of a familiar place, a more intimate and contemporary quality. Before dedicating himself to photograph, Shinji Otani was a ceramicist, and he undeniably has a particular sensitivity to objects and to their relation with their surroundings. His aim is thus to define the identity of a place by putting into light the relation between this place and the objects that …