17 Pictures of Cats and the People Who Look Like Them

One artist’s simple but delightful vision

On the left, an older gentleman with unkempt hair and a gray scarf; on right, a gray and black cat with a similar expression
On the left, an older gentleman with unkempt hair and a gray scarf; on right, a gray and black cat with a similar expression
Photos: Gerrard Gethings via Instagram

Gerrard Gethings is a British photographer who finds his muse in animals. His animal portraits are designed to show the personality and character of the subjects, bringing out their unique features and idiosyncrasies to show a real individual. As he says of his work:

Familiarity often makes us forget this, but when you get up close and capture every soulful detail in the eyes of a dog, cat or horse, then you start to remember where it came from. They seem important and individual again.

And although Gethings’s latest project is at its core about similarity, the effect is to make the viewer see the subject as one-of-a-kind, focusing in on the features that make him or her special. Following the success of a similar series photographing dogs, Gethings’s cats are each paired with a model who was selected specifically to match the subject, generating the enjoyable experience for a viewer of contemplating what exactly it is that makes some people look like cats. And vice versa.

For more of Gethings’s delightful animal portraiture, you can follow him on Instagram or his website.

On the left, a man with white hair and mustache, on right, ca cat with a similar mustache-like white face marking
On the left, a man with white hair and mustache, on right, ca cat with a similar mustache-like white face marking
A tough-looking biker with a long beard on the left, a cat with long hair and a somewhat ornery expression on the right
A tough-looking biker with a long beard on the left, a cat with long hair and a somewhat ornery expression on the right
Left — a little girl with cute bun-pigtails looks solemnly at the camera; Right - a young cat w round ears looks concerned
Left — a little girl with cute bun-pigtails looks solemnly at the camera; Right - a young cat w round ears looks concerned
A serious looking man in a fedora and suit, to his right, a serious looking cat with gray markings and sharp ears
A serious looking man in a fedora and suit, to his right, a serious looking cat with gray markings and sharp ears
A man dressed in brown and looking up into the corner as if possibly rolling his eyes, next to a brown tabby w a similar face
A man dressed in brown and looking up into the corner as if possibly rolling his eyes, next to a brown tabby w a similar face
A black man wearing sunglasses looks ahead and towards the ground on the right, on the left a black cat does the same
A black man wearing sunglasses looks ahead and towards the ground on the right, on the left a black cat does the same
A kid just out of the shower holds a towel around his shoulders, next to a slightly damp kitten who isn’t happy about a bath
A kid just out of the shower holds a towel around his shoulders, next to a slightly damp kitten who isn’t happy about a bath
A white cat with two different colored eyes (blue and yellow-green), photographed next to a woman w matching makeup
A white cat with two different colored eyes (blue and yellow-green), photographed next to a woman w matching makeup
On the left, a guy checking his phone with his thumb in the air. On the right, a handsome light orange cat lifts a thumb
On the left, a guy checking his phone with his thumb in the air. On the right, a handsome light orange cat lifts a thumb
A siamese cat with a perfect pose is arranged next to a woman in a pink hoodie with a similarly framed photo
A siamese cat with a perfect pose is arranged next to a woman in a pink hoodie with a similarly framed photo
A woman appears to be practicing boxing, wearing shorts and braids, next to a cat who seems to be in the same position
A woman appears to be practicing boxing, wearing shorts and braids, next to a cat who seems to be in the same position
A shirtless man with just a white bow tie and a shaved head squints at the camera, an orange cat w white patch does the same
A shirtless man with just a white bow tie and a shaved head squints at the camera, an orange cat w white patch does the same
A person who’s shirtless with a large gold choker, tattoos, and makeup, next to a hairless siamese cat with a tough look
A person who’s shirtless with a large gold choker, tattoos, and makeup, next to a hairless siamese cat with a tough look
A young man with a trimmed mustache and suit poses next to a black and white cat with a mustache-like face marking
A young man with a trimmed mustache and suit poses next to a black and white cat with a mustache-like face marking
A kid reaches up to catch a baseball with a glove, while a tortoiseshell kitten raises his paw in the air in a similar way
A kid reaches up to catch a baseball with a glove, while a tortoiseshell kitten raises his paw in the air in a similar way
A person with a beret and yellow glasses looks to be shrugging, next to a funny cat with yellow eyes and black head marks
A person with a beret and yellow glasses looks to be shrugging, next to a funny cat with yellow eyes and black head marks

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