The project began as an assignment for a documentary photography
class at Carteret Community College. Documentary photography is a
form of photography that is used to chronicle significant or historic
events or as a means to promote social change and education.
The students were to select a project and create a small body of work
covering that project.
The selection of Island Cat Allies was based upon
the chance viewing of one of their donations jars on the counter of a
local business. The proposal was to produce photographs of the feral
cats and show the work of the volunteers that could be used on their web
site and in their brochures.
Discussions of the project among friends showed the need for more
outreach for this group as practically no one had heard of them or what
they did. As a result of these discussions, the opportunity arose for
a gallery showing of the photographs. The project grew beyond the
scope of an simple assignment into a means of raising public awareness
of Island Cat Allies and the work that they do to manage the health and
welfare of the feral cat colonies on Bogue Banks.
For more information about Island Cat Allies, please visit their website
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