Portraits of Cats Shaking Themselves Clean

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Want to know how to capture a wacky portrait of your cat? Shoot a photo while they’re shaking themselves clean (or dry). That’s what photographer Carli Davidson did for her new project titled Shake Cats.

Davidson is a 34-year-old Portland-based animal rights activist who found most of her subjects from local animal rescues. After shooting a nice head shot of each cat for the shelter website — which helped them get adopted almost immediately — Davidson gave the cats a grooming session with nail trimmings and ear cleanings, after which the cats would usually shake themselves. If that didn’t do the trick, a few drops of water usually would.

The resulting portraits are wonderfully bizarre-looking:

Shake_1_Jaz

Shake_2_Jaz

Shake_3_Lorax

Shake_4_Lorax

Shake_5_Katie

Shake_6_Katie

Shake_7_Rescue 1

Shake_8_Rescue 1

Shake_9_Binx

Shake_10_Binx

Carli Davidson Pet Photography

Carli Davidson Pet Photography

Shake_13_Yushi

Shake_14_Yushi

Davidson has shot nearly 100 cats so far for the Shake Cats project. She’s publishing around 140 of them in a new book that’s coming out on October 27th, 2015.