London-based artist, Gerrard Gethings produces exquisite portraits earning the name of ‘the Richard Avedon of animal photography.’ He believes and says that pets resemble owners after spending a lot of time hanging with the owners, and it is natural. If you do not find this convincing, go through Gerrard Gethings project ‘Do You Look Like Your Cat? Or Do You Look Like Your Dog?’. He shows the funny look alike human and cat.
Gerrard Gethings got viral instantly as he paired pets with human likenesses. The basic concept is classic where Jowly businessman is seen walking Bulldog, an New Yorker cartoon, hirsute professor with Maine Coon, and pampered matron with French Poodle, but Gethings execution showed the animal in the person or the person in the animal. It was like peering into the soul of each one.
The photographer, Gerrard Gething showed sensibility as he lost his Border Terrier, Baxter, his long time assistant, who he lost recently due to illness and claims to resemble him. The last of Baxter was Gethings Drag Match recent series, with before and after stunning drag queens portraits. He zooms from his London home and finds the pixels settling into a sunlit studio, such that the face looks oddly familiar, especially the earnest eyes.
He says pets resemble their owners and the photographer took portraits of cats and their owners keeping side-by-side to show similarities and their uncanny resemblance. It can be referred to as funny Doppelgangers, Gerrard in his interview said he was inspired to start a project as his earlier series Do You Look Like Your Dog was received well. It is more engaging and cats were also accessible choice. But Gethings says dogs are easier than cats to photographs.
Gerrard says it is challenging to find cats with enough variation so that the series is interesting. He says he drove for hours and yet the cats do not get ready for the photographs. Photographing cats is difficult as they run off often as soon as he pointed a camera. He also says cat’s facial expression lacks a lot and they are not as dogs. The cats look suspicious, startled, or angry. They do not react like dogs on seeing food, while dogs do not mind doing anything for a cheese piece.
Gerrard says taking animals pictures is tricky in every way. None of the animals show the slightest interest in photography. Gethings captures their personalities, beauty, and humor as prints on giclee paper. Using these fibrous papers, he transforms a photograph into a soft, painterly image adding a decorative, stunning fine art feel.
Funny Cat and Human Lookalike-Gerrard Gethings