Hong Kong's Grimy Markets As Seen Through The Eyes Of Cats

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Hong Kong's Grimy Markets As Seen Through The Eyes Of Cats

This series by Dutch photographer Marcel Heijnen takes us into the daily lives of Hong Kong's market cats.

These cats survive in these grimy market spaces by making friends with shop owners and keeping the mouse population under control. They lurk and lounge, totally at home in this odd environment.

And due to the way Heijnen shoots the series, each photo feels like a page from "Where's Waldo?" as viewers search the composition for each cat. One perches high on a rafter, another lays below a butcher table, while trio of cats appear to be manning the desk of one shop.

“Like most good things in life, the Hong Kong Market Cats series was a happy accident, or perhaps more of a by-product of something larger," Heijnen explains. "While working on my Hong Kong Shop Cats series I initially made no distinction between shops and markets while capturing these retail felines. But the collection grew so rapidly that it made total sense to separate Market Cats into its own book, to be released a bit later than Shop Cats."

"Again, the series is as much about the context as it is about the beautiful animal. The backdrop takes centre stage. And while there are lots of similarities with the Shop Cats series, there are distinctive differences as well. For starters, the markets are more chaotic and less clean than the shops."

"Boxes, crates, grimy walls, forklifts, pallets. More human activity and perhaps a bit less of a connection between the owner and the cat. Markets are busy places in which fresh goods move rapidly. They make for more dynamic subject matter."

Find more of Heijnen's work here.

Via Creative Boom

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