For over fifteen years, I've been snapping pictures of every cat I meet during my travels around the world. In December 2013, I realized I had more travel pictures of cats than 'normal' ones, and I figured it could be neat to put them all on a blog. Two weeks later, Traveling Cats was born.
It's an interesting project on many levels. The pictures are not just about the cats, but they also give a good impression of the cities and countries in which those pictures were taken. Also, whereas in some parts of the world cats look like little divas, in others they are unkempt, poor creatures.
My passion for this site helped it to grow quickly and a year and a half later, I was able to quit my teaching job to pursue Traveling Cats full time. Traveling Cats has since grown to become the biggest collection of travel pictures of cats and the first online destination for travelers searching for cat-related activities.
Do you only publish your own cat pictures?
While most of the pictures are my own, I also publish submissions from readers. Go to Submit a Cat Photo to send your own pictures.
What type of camera do you use?
I use an Olympus E-PL 7, which is extremely lightweight, compact, and easy to use. It has the added advantage that you can use it in combination with lenses and flashes from other brands. I couldn't live without it anymore.
Do you do something else in life apart from taking cat pictures?
I'm obsessed with horror movies and I'm at my happiest at horror film festivals. I started my career as a movie critic and I have even written books on the genre. I've also tried my hand on fiction books (Drowned Sorrow, The Strangers Outside), a cat memoir (Avalon), and screenplays (A Good Man, Next to Her, GPS With Benefits). Three of my works have been turned into films.
When I'm not writing or taking cat pictures, you can find me reading, urbexing, drinking tea, digging through flea markets, going to restaurants, or indulging in my unhealthy addiction to my cat.
Do you have a cat yourself?
My feline soul mate, Avalon, passed away in July 2013. No matter how many cats I meet during my travels around the world, Avalon will always be the most precious. I recently published a book about him: Avalon: a Heartwarming True Cat Story. He also had a part in the movies Strangers and Next to Her, and he appears in my vampire story A Good Man.
In December 2014 I adopted Romero at the local cat shelter. I wasn't ready for a new cat, but I thought there were so many homeless pets that it would be selfish not to adopt one if I had the space for it. Romero has now conquered a place in my heart.
Where do you live?
I currently live in Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, Belgium. I also lived in London, Oudergem, Zaventem, and Genval.
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