Mitsuaki Iwago photo book “Stand by meow” released. There are always cats near humans.

2020.05.07

Japan’s leading animal photographer, Mitsuaki Iwago’s photo book “Stand by meow” will be released on April 27. The protagonists of this book are the cats of 34 countries around the world who live and live with others. Although the countries, regions, and climates are different, I am amazed at the appearance of cats who live and live close to people.
In addition, the happy expression that some people with cats show, regardless of culture or race, is also impressive. The symbiosis between cats and humans captured by Mr. Iwago not only heals the viewer’s heart, but also makes them aware of the deep and universal relationship between the two.

Cats snuggling up to people

Every picture in this book conveys a cat’s trust in the people who live with it. As if being a cheerful child, it is peaceful near a quiet, old man, as if a cat breathes into people. At the same time, the appearance of being close to people is very natural.
At the end of this book, Mr. Iwago wrote, “Cats can live by cuddling with humans.” This book will help you understand the meaning of the word.

A playful male cat living on a floating island woven from a plant called Totora (Lake Titika, Peru)
A cat and a girl living together in a rice field village (Ibiza, Bhutan)

People snuggling up to a cat

This book features men and women of all ages living in different cultures in different countries and regions. What they have in common is that they love cats. Everyone seems calm and happy with a cat. The expressions of people and the peaceful atmosphere of the whole picture make us think about the deep bond between cats and humans, which is the same in different countries, and the meaning of humans living with cats.

A girl who loves the deceased predecessor cat and uses her footprints as a tattoo. The picture shows the current cat (outside Alta, Norway)

Beautiful and irreplaceable everyday scenery

Deserts, lakes, coasts, big cities … In this book, you can enjoy a variety of landscapes taken across five continents, and you can enjoy the feeling of reading after traveling around the world. What impresses me is the everyday scenery where cats and people live in peace in every country. Iwago’s camera certainly captures the beauty and preciousness of the scene that is being lost.

A woman from Japan living in the desert. Beloved by cats (Rub Al Khali Desert, United Arab Emirates)
A 1-year-old male cat called Ioska and his husband from Russia working in a tobacco shop (Cinque Terre, Italy)

Book data
Title: “Stand by meow”
Mitsuaki Iwago
List price: 1600 yen + tax
Format: B5 variant
Issued by: Tatsumi Publishing Co., Ltd.
Release date: April 27, 2020

Country of photography
Tanzania, Morocco, Republic of Malta, Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Fiji, Croatia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Romania, Moldova, Norway, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia , Indonesia, Bhutan, China, Singapore, USA, Canada, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Cuba (34 countries)

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