Behold, the Disturbing Beauty of Sphynx Cats

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Photo: © Alicia Rius

There is something about the alien characteristics of hairless cats that fascinates California-based animal photographer, Alicia Rius. With their velvet, wrinkled skin, piercing eyes, and “without fluffy and fancy coats, this breed shows what a true cat is,” says Rius. “With every fold of skin and with every noticeable movement; everything is raw, exposed, and vulnerable.”

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In her current project, Disturbing Beauty of Sphynx Cats, Rius explores the odd beauty of the Sphynx and the contradictory nature of their joyful and affectionate nature with their edgy and aggressive appearance.

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The Catalonia-born photographer found Sphynx owners via a Facebook casting call (she’s still looking for more cats if you happen to know any hairless cat parents) and shoots them mainly in a loft in downtown Los Angeles using natural light, endless toys, treats, and a bucket-load of patience.

“This artwork was an exploration of their bodies,” Rius explains. “The way their skin twists and their bat-like armpits, these were the things I wanted to capture. These were things that one could have never seen with a furry cat.”

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Alicia Rius was nominated as American Emerging Photographer 2015 and one of the winners of PDN Faces 2015More about her exhibitions here.

Simon Moss is the CEO and Founder of ImageBrief, Inc. Simon has 16 years experience across photography, image licensing, influencer marketing, startups and creating products from ideation to execution and then taking them to market.

Simon has presented on Crowdsourcing Creativity at Vivid Festival, Sydney Opera House, Mumbrella 360, AIMIA Summit, New York Photo Festival 2012 and Crowdsourcing Week in Singapore 2013. Simon was a panelist at the DMLA conference in October 2015 discussing on-demand photography and a panel member at the IDG Capital Conference in Beijing, China.

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About Simon Moss

Simon Moss is the CEO and Founder of ImageBrief, Inc. Simon has 16 years experience across photography, image licensing, influencer marketing, startups and creating products from ideation to execution and then taking them to market.

Simon has presented on Crowdsourcing Creativity at Vivid Festival, Sydney Opera House, Mumbrella 360, AIMIA Summit, New York Photo Festival 2012 and Crowdsourcing Week in Singapore 2013. Simon was a panelist at the DMLA conference in October 2015 discussing on-demand photography and a panel member at the IDG Capital Conference in Beijing, China.