Brighton photographer captures city’s cats on camera

Guy Wah captured his own cat Mia on camera (Photograph: Guy Wah)
Guy Wah captured his own cat Mia on camera (Photograph: Guy Wah)

A man from Brighton is fulfilling a lifelong desire to be an animal photographer by capturing images of the city’s cat population.

Guy Wah, who balances his career as a photographer with roles as an actor, brand ambassador and event organiser, takes pictures of cats he sees around Brighton and Hove and puts them online.

Guy said this ginger cat was a 'real poser' (Photograph: Guy Wah)

Guy said this ginger cat was a 'real poser' (Photograph: Guy Wah)

Mr Wah said: “I secretly want to be a wildlife photographer but I’m too much of a wimp to go into the wild alone.

“I find photography a really mindful exercise, it keeps my mind focussed and encourages me to go outside when I might otherwise sit at home worry about things.”

After an initial project in which he attempted to capture the character of seagulls, Mr Wah discovered a talent for feline photography.

He said: “Cats in particular are very expressive and every cat’s reaction to me is different.

A real character (Photograph: Guy Wah)

A real character (Photograph: Guy Wah)

“I like to capture the moment, some cats are clearly basking in their own territory, some are venturing into others’ territory and some are just completely chilled out.”

Mr Wah then posts the images on his website and Facebook page, ‘The Brighton Cat Snapper’, for their owners to enjoy.

He said: “I know how much people appreciate good quality shots of their pets, so I decided to make them available for free to download.”

Mr Wah doesn’t place watermarks on his images so they can be used freely by the cats’ owners and does not feed or entice the cats in any way.

Striking a pose (Photograph: Guy Wah)

Striking a pose (Photograph: Guy Wah)

He said: “I used to work in the local community and voluntary sector, and since I left I’ve really missed being able to make a difference to people’s lives.

“Cats can be very difficult to photograph, particularly black cats, so by using my skills I can give something back to the owners that they can keep long after their loved ones are no longer around.”

To find out more and view the images, visit The Brighton Cat Snapper Facebook page or Mr Wah’s website: www.guywah.photography/Brighton-Cat-Snapper