By Jack Williams
This dedicated animal photographer spent months snapping a young feline as she evolved from a kitten into a full-sized cat – resulting in a stunning timelapse.
Barely able to open her eyes in the first shot, Freya, a silver tabby Maine Coon, begins to grow with every frame – a process that took photographer Mark Taylor 10 months to capture.
Mark, from Guildford, Surrey, spent an incredible seven days editing the photographs into the eventual timelapse video, which received hundreds of thousands of views online.
The 54-year-old, who runs animal photography company Warren Photographic, said: “The best bit was seeing to all come together and the growing process come to life.
“The response has been great on social media, with lots of people sharing it.”
In order to create the video, Mark first photographed Freya every couple of days, gradually becoming less frequent as the cat became older and less noticeable changes could be seen day to day.
One of the most difficult factors in the whole project, Mark said, was getting Freya to sit in the same – or even similar – positions each time.
He said he had been considering a timelapse project for a while, but the usual projects of clouds and plants moving did not appeal.
So, having been granted access to Freya and her brother, Blaze, by a friend and cat breeder, Mark decided to work on the project by using Freya as the focal point.
In the future, the photographer has plans to shoot more timelapse projects of varying subject – including Freya and Blaze.
Mark said: “I have plans to put together a few more of the videos of Freya and Blaze in different positions, and I’d like to shoot a dog growing up as well.
“I also have a set of photos I took of an oak tree, over a number of years, that I’d like to run as a video, and a year of my garden with a photo a day.
“The camera is sitting in the kitchen window with an automatic timer, taking photos right now that are ready to be put together.”