This is a series of camera trap photographs of several species of wild cat. There is also a picture of a domestic cat in this series. The photographs of the jaguar, jaguarundi and ocelot were taken in Peru. The leopard cat and snow leopard were photographed in China. The domestic cat was photographed in New York. The African golden cat was photographed in Africa but I am not sure which country but it will be one of the countries that are just below the Sahara desert that cut across the middle of Africa.
I spent a bit of time improving the photographic quality and framing of these photographs as allowed under the creative commons license. Of course visitors are free to download the adjusted images for their own use provided the original license is adhered to. That is, they are free to be used under the existing license which you can see when you click on the above links.
The pictures below are thumbnails. If you click them you are taken to a large format version and some more text and a link.
Camera traps capture the cat in a way that conventional photography cannot. You have a sense of the what it is really like for the wild cats.
There is little or no composition. The photographs are not about making a beautiful photograph. However, they can have a certain sort of beauty due to the raw wild feel of these photographs. Most photos of wild cats are of captive cats. Often these cats look bored. The brain has been dulled. When you look at the expressions on these cats you see a very alert cat. Wild cats are considered to be smarter and more alert than domestic cats because they have to use their brain more to survive.
Camera traps are used to record movements of wildcats and as part of a counting process. It is difficult to count the numbers of wild cats. For rare endangered species it is important to track population sizes. Mistakes have been made, usually on the optimistic side.
PoC has made charitable grants to the Smithsonian Institute.