Peter Thorne is a talented pet photographer who has lived and shot in Halifax, Vancouver, Havana, and currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Peter received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with major in Photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

His most recent project, entitled Fat Cats: Large and in Charge is a collection of cats of the chubbier variety. “I’ve always thought chubby cats were the cutest cats,” he says. Thorne aims to deliver a strong message through his photo project that all body types can be beautiful and all body shapes can be healthy.

Having photographed a large number of cats so far and having speaking to their owners one thing became clear: you own a dog, but a cat owns you. They are in charge. The prevalent image of the fat cat today in the media is cynical and not silly: the fat cat is a space for low-grade brutishness and malaise: cats posed with beer bottles, cats stuck in doors, cats seemingly contemplating whether they would like to eat other less-fat cats. In short: unhealthy cats.

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