Dustin Fenstermacher

Banana Joe, a black affenpinscher, won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday.  He’s cute, he’s got a funny face, he’s the first of his kind to win Westminster.  Congrats Banana Joe, but yawn.  Let’s talk CAT SHOWS!

Cat shows don’t get nearly the amount of attention as dog shows.  In the future, with the internet’s love of all things cat, I’m sure this will change, but for now they are still flying under the radar except to those who are truly devoted.

This is where photographer Dustin Fenstermacher steps in.  In 2009, after the loss of his father, Dustin needed to escape.  His escape route?  Cat shows.

I’m not sure exactly how many cat shows Dustin has visited over the past couple of years, but he recently had a gallery exhibit at Gravy Studios showcasing the photographs from this period.  Click through below to see more stunning photographs.

I’ve been a big fan of Dustin’s ever since a mutual friend suggested we become ‘friends’ on Facebook.  I’m not typically into friending people I don’t know in real life, but I could tell by his profile that we had a similar mind frame and he would make me laugh.  Unfortunately, we still have never met in person, but I’ve been tempted multiple times to go to cat shows with him when he puts out the call (damn you day job! *shakes tiny fist at the sky*).

Alongside these gorgeous photographs, Dustin created an installation inside Gravy Studios that resembled what you might imagine a crazy cat lady’s house might look like.

I highly suggest you check out Dustin’s website for more great photos (of both the feline and human kind – there are also a few dogs in the mix).  I even hear that he is currently searching for some new cat models.  If you are in the Philly area, hit him up!  I, personally, keep hoping he’ll take a trip down to Brooklyn to photograph Henry.  I think Henry could be his new muse. (No offense to SJ, but he just isn’t social)  I mean, come on, look at this face…who wouldn’t want to photograph it?

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