Black cats are a symbol of Halloween, but that association has often done more harm than good. In some folklore, particularly that of the American Pilgrims, they are seen as evil. This bias has carried through today, and the group has more trouble getting adopted than other colored felines. Animal advocate and pet photographer Casey Elise Christopher is working to change that with her striking portraits of inky-colored felines.
“For this series,” she tells My Modern Met in an email, “I photographed black cats against a black background to emphasize their beauty and showcase their personalities.” Their dark fur and backdrop make their other features—particularly their eyes—stand out. It’s as if we’re able to look into the soul of these creatures and have a sense of who they are. Some are timid while others are determined, but each is looking for love and acceptance.
“Black cats have the lowest adoption rates and the highest euthanasia rates, in part because they typically don’t photograph well,” Christopher explains. “I hope my photos inspire people to adopt black cats and to volunteer for their local shelter.”