If you’ve ever observed a cat for any length of time, you know one thing: they are weird creatures! From darting across the room for no reason to their intense love of boxes, felines exhibit all sorts of strange behavior (that often makes us laugh). Photographer Alexis Reynaud was inspired by these oddities. It led him to create the series Standing Cats, in which glamorous felines are seen posing upright on two feet.
Standing Cats is an instance of life imitating art. “This idea came about while watching my cat’s movements,” Reynaud tells My Modern Met. “At that very moment, I thought that he was the reincarnation of Puss-in-Boots.” Reynaud's portraits feature a stage setting that gives fluffy felines the spotlight to act their true selves. “[It’s] an otherworldly catwalk,” the photographer explains. “Meet a dancer, an imp, and even a movie star.” Regardless of who the feline is, they transcend their primal nature and become more human.
Standing Cats is both a display of feline behavior as well as an homage to their innate beauty—such as fluff and unique coloration. Scroll down to see these kitties in all their upright glory.
Photographer Alexis Reynaud snapped standing cat pictures that showcase felines rocking a catwalk on two legs.