Want to see what cats look like without their fluffy coats of fur? Look no further than the Sphynx cat, which was developed specifically to look naked by breeders in Europe starting in the 1960s. Photographer Alicia Rius recently shot a series titled “Sphynxes” that explores the strange appearance of these cats.
“Sphynxes fascinates me in many ways,” Rius tells us. “I’m drawn by their alien look. There’s something disturbing yet admirable that keeps me astonished.”
“This breed shows what a true cat is. Without fluffy and fancy coats, everything is raw, exposed, vulnerable. This body of work is an exploration of the beauty of Sphynxes within their oddity.”
Each of the photographs in Rius’ project were shot on location with natural light. Here are some of the images she has captured so far:
You can find more photos from this series over on Rius’ website.
Image credits: Photographs by Alicia Rius and used with permission