When we think of stray cats, our minds often fill with montages of sad, ragged animals set to the tune of depressing Sarah McLachlan music. (Thanks, ASPCA.)
But the stray kitties seen through Japanese photographer Masayuki Oki’s lens are anything but. Although shining a light on the plight of stray animals is crucial, it’s arguably just as important to shed similar light on their happiest moments to show them running and playing like the cats that grace us with their presence at home.
Affectionately referring to his fuzzy subjects as busanyan, which literally translates to “ugly cat,” Oki’s work throws the imagery we’re used to in sharp relief against scenes of stray animals finding happiness in the unlikeliest places.