After a while you develop a sense about where to find strays. Back alleys in places where there are lots of shophouses, such as Little India and Geylang, are a good hunting ground. There are often strays in HDB void decks and town centres. I've come across lots of community cats at places like Toa Payoh, Eunos and Pasir Ris Central. There's a lot in Changi Village and along Changi beach also. Hawker centres and markets are good spots as well. Keep your eyes open and you'll find these 'invisible citizens' are actually everywhere.
When photographing a cat, how do you approach cats without scaring the living daylights out of them?
I find that many neighbourhood cats are used to being around people and don't get scared off easily. They often suss you out as you register on their radar and then ignore you once they decide you're not a threat. Some of the more spoiled community cats will actually come towards you looking for treats. Once you've gotten in close enough and find that you want the cat to look at you (and the camera), it sometimes helps to snap your fingers or make some other kind of sharp noise to get their attention.
There was a community cat near my office at Waterloo Street that seemed to be much loved by the locals. I have several pictures of it being petted, photographed and even given an impromptu massage with an umbrella. Unfortunately that cat as well as one or two others from the area seem to have disappeared. I'm hoping they weren't taken away by the AVA.
I wouldn't say I'm interested in cats per se,but I do like to observe the relationships between community cats and and the people around them.You see busy Singaporeans often going out of their way to perform random acts of kindness. I also enjoy the challenge of shooting these cats as it forces you to look in nooks and crannies you might not normally look in and to make quick shooting decisions.
I'd be anyone and anything as the mood takes me and probably find that 9 lives still wouldn't be enough.