Hisakata Hiroyuki, a talented photographer from Japan, has managed to snap a group of mortal tomcats in a variety of high-flying kung fu poses.
Using his own rapid-fire reactions, he photographs the lovable cats flying through the air, their legs and paws outstretched, like something out of an action movie.
This talented photographer has managed to snap a group of mortal tomcats in a variety of high-flying kung fu poses.
Using his own rapid-fire reactions, Hisakata Hiroyuki photographs the lovable cats flying through the air, their legs and paws outstretched, like something out of an action movie.
The cats, all photographed on the streets of Japan, would put the likes of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to shame.
To shoot these unique poses, Hisakata, 30, uses a simple cat toy, which he dangles above the cats to encourage them to leap through the air.
Once the cats are airborne, Hisakata uses his other hand to photograph the cats continuously using a fast shutter speed.
The idea for the series, Hisakata said, came to him around 18 months ago.
Hisakata says he never thought of street cats as particularly playful, and was surprised by the reactions of a selected few when he first tried to interact with them with a cat toy.
Hisakata too one initial, intriguing photograph of one street cat in a kung fu pose.
The photographer continued to develop his unnamed series, sometimes bringing more than one cat into the equation.
Hiskata, who is from Kyushu, Japan, said people have been surprised by the cats’ poses: “Everyone says, ‘I have never seen that.’”
He says he is careful not to hurt the cats, and to limit the shooting time. He also makes sure to use fresh toys, “and I often disinfect it to prevent infections.”
Some cats are good at dancing and twisting.
The photographs reveal the cats’ boundless personality.