Cats in the Sun
is the product of Hans Silvester's three-year investment in photographing the cats of the Greek Cycladic Islands. Every picture captures the essence of the unspoiled Mediterranean landscape--sun-drenched villas, a sparkling sea, and shady olive groves. Dominating this exquisite panorama are hundreds of cats, respected--but not domesticated--by locals, happy to have the army of mouse-catchers nearby.
Definite classes of cat exist on the Cycladic Islands: there are the true rogue cats--scavenging for food, unkempt, with a missing piece of ear or two--and then there are the more privileged class members, regularly fed by Islanders and allowed the honor of a doorstep on which to perch (but still denied entrance into the home). The individualism of each cat is evident in every portrait--a mother nurturing her brood of kittens, a cat frolicking in the gentle swill of a wave, a cat peeping through a paint-peeled window frame. Cats in the Sun is an astonishing collection of photographs that captures the true spirit of the beloved feline.
Felines and sunshine--is there a match more sublime in the universe? Noted German photographer Silvester spent three years capturing on film the cats of the Greek Islands, whose solar needs are as vital as those for food and water. These cats live not indoors, but neither are they strays. "Greeks allow no pets in their homes, except for their canaries. Yet the cats are true domestic cats, not abandoned or wild, and they have for centuries shared the lives of human beings." The sunny outdoors is their domain, and without a hint of kitty-cutesiness, Silvester captures these spirited animals in their splendid environment--in leap, as is their talent; in a languished state, as is their nature; in grooming, as is their obsession; and in play and in hunt, their dual wants. For any appreciator of fine photography, not just those who love cats. Brad Hooper