Imagine living in a world where cats are three meters tall. Wouldn’t it be interesting to pet a purring giant cat that is even taller than the tallest human being? Perhaps you have been daydreaming about this, but that is no longer necessary. Andrey Scherbak, a Russian artist, has posted nearly 150 photos of these big cats online. In an interview with Andrey we found out more about his life and what the inspiration was behind this project. Keep scrolling for the interview.
In his images, Andrey shows what life would be like with an enormous furry friend hanging around. The photos are as diverse as they are remarkable. Some cats appear to be around 3 meters tall (nearly 10 feet) while others are clearly even larger. On his Instagram account, Andrey (who also goes by the name Petechka Odnobokov which means “Little Peter One-Side”) has over 8600 giant cat loving followers. He lives in Rostov-on-Don and works remotely as a creative director for and advertising agency in Moscow.
Andrey says he certainly is an animal lover: “I have two cats, male and female. The male cat is named Pif. I took him from an animal shelter as an adult, when he was already around 5 years old. The female cat is named Panya, and I found her in the street. Now she’s 6 years old. She’s autistic. I also have a Labrador named Rooney who is 3 years old. He can be seen in some of my photos. All of my pets get along very well and don’t fight.”
He explained that the idea for his giant cat project “came about by chance”. “I was looking through a photo album and one picture I had taken in a forest on a corporate retreat caught my eye, and that’s how the idea was born. I liked it, so I took another photo with the intention of placing a cat in it. I decided to create an Instagram account full of pictures of only me and cats because that’s not very different from the reality I live in. I lead a rather isolated way of life.”
Andrey explains that he looks for cat pictures that he edits into his photos on Google. “I tried taking pictures of my own cats, but they can never sit still.” The artist said that creating each one of his giant cat pictures takes a different amount of time: “I can finish some in an hour, but there are times when posing the cat is difficult, and I have to start all over. On average, each picture takes me around 4 hours to compose.”
“When I have some free time, I go for walks in the park with my dog or I read books. On the weekends, I explore the city and the countryside in search of new shots for my pictures.” Andrey said that because he leads an isolated life style he didn’t notice any changes in his life after his cat project went viral: “I rarely see any people, except for my girlfriend and my parents.” Andrey mentioned that he “didn’t know” that his project had become so popular. In conclusion, he explained that he makes his amazing pictures using Photoshop and VSCO for filters. That might be useful to know for any amateurs out there who are planning on following in Andrey’s footsteps.
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