The feline photographer

Cooper is a 5 year old American Shorthair cat living in Seattle. Once a week he wears a lightweight digital camera fastened to his collar, which snaps a new photo every 2 minutes.

Ever wonder what the cat gets up to when you let it out? Well, now you know, thanks to the amazing Cooper – the feline photographer.
This moggy multimedia expert’s exploits have been shedding light on the six-inch high world of cats.

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Cooper’s camera captures the latest addition to the family, baby Cameron.

On his exploits he catches other cats, his favourite hiding places, his human owners and even abstract sky shots all on his lens.
Pictures taken by the timer-operated camera worn by Cooper the cat have sold for hundreds of pounds.

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Michael and Deirdre Cross with Cooper the cat and some of his successful snaps.

Cooper’s owner Michael Cross and his wife Deirdre, from Seattle, USA, decided to try out the cat camera last year.
Since then they have had two exhibitions and starting selling Cooper’s work around the world.
The pictures even solved a problem for Cooper after his owners saw pictures of him constantly looking at the back door – they realised he needed a cat flap.

In this picture Cooper prepares to venture out from his leafy hiding place.

Mr Cross, 32, said:

‘When we first thought of putting a camera on Cooper it was simply to try to find an answer to the question that all cat owners ask: “Where does my cat go all day?”
A geography experiment, really. We hoped that he didn’t cross busy streets or go into neighbours houses.
When Cooper brought the camera home at the end of the first day, we were completely blown away by the stunning photography.

Cooper now has more than 12,000 fans on the social networking site Facebook and has made TV appearances in America.