A portrait book of kittens without faces is not exactly what one might expect to become a hot-seller. And yet, photographer Arne Svenson, who is used to his offbeat ideas developing a devoted following, has a strong feeling that his upcoming book “Strayed,” due out in August, will capture the interest of animal lovers and others.
Strays are images of kittens that are photographed in such a way that denies the viewer the opportunity to see their faces. The heads are turned so far to the background so as to totally disengage the subject from the viewer. In many cases, the head is turned far enough so as to appear as though there is no face to the kitten as if it had slipped off, to be replaced by the blankness of fur.