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Continuing with the series on superstitions:

Black cat - In ancient Egypt, the Goddess Bast was a black, female cat. Christians, wanting to rid society of all traces of other religions, convinced the ignorant that black cats were demons in disguise and should thus be destroyed. In the process, they also destroyed the kindly ladies who cared for the cats, believing them to be witches. Being demons, a black cat crossing your path would create a barrier of evil, cutting you off from God and blocking the entrance to heaven.

Model - Merlin
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Oh Gosh! I have to say that I totally love cats, and especially black ones, so this Deviation has really catched my eye!

I'm sure that anyone would agree with me that the eye really stands out in this photo. It looks unbelievably hypnotizing, I have to say, and it has attracted my attention completely!

I have rated this Deviation's originality as four stars, because I've seen a couple of similar photos across the web, although other than that, it is original.

I am glad to say that the technique you used here, works well with the cat! Also, the black and white effect is really effective too. Even though the colours are dark, this photo still attracts the viewers attention, which is great!

I am looking forward to seeing more of your deviations like this!
Well done, :iconcookiimostaa:
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20 out of 21 deviants thought this was fair.

This is beautiful. The lighting is great and the way it hits the cats face it seems as if the cat is very emotional. It seems as if it is longing for someone or something. I also like how the discription tells a history of black cats and it made me appreciate the photo even more. I really liked that its in black and white. To me it brings out the color of the cat even more.

Im sorry if this critique isnt that great it is my first. This is a beautiful piece of art. Thank you for taking the time to read this :D
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11 out of 11 deviants thought this was fair.

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xXMarquinhoGames Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant
jacobbezdicek Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
The eye looks so crazy, like its flawless.
YOKOKY Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Professional General Artist
excellent-featured in....WINTER-MY PAGE- i am yokoky-founder of this group-:iconcrazyasmyart:
Jonathon471 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this.
Ambruno Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love black cats... the only problem i se is I keep them inside because so many cruel people in the world
wildcats11085 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Student Artist
love the cat picture. It will be on my top cat pictures of the wild!
Blackrose299 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016
Great job 
DerpyMuffins12 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
It's cute ^·^
SapphyreFrostblood Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015
He or she looks like my cat Binxy bear. Beautiful picture of the kitty.
Alley-C4T Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
Such a beautiful little baby QwQ
mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
It's a gorgeous piece! The cat seems so fantastic!
Megsicana Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Probably a bit late to the party, but this is a great photograph! I like the cat is staring to the side, quite misteriously 
Iamshadowthefox Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
So pretty! I used to have a black cat when I was really little, I think it's horrible that people want these innocent animals dead!
dorenna Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Excellent B/W. Focus is fantastic, I can see the dander(dandruff) on the cat. Thank-you.
jellycatinthesnow Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Hi there
Beautiful image
Could I use it within a commercial teaching product?  I would provide a link to this site or another?  
If you could email me at I would appreciate it.
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You can contact me at
ZubariaFatima Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Mind blowing photography!!!
filiz-cagin Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Dunstblatt Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Beautiful picture!

Can i make me a profile picture for a Warrior Cats Roleplaygame forum?
LGodgifu Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Beautiful photo, Merlin looks wonderful!!! 
Tigerswoop Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
This is beautiful. I love how the cat's fur looks! 
So, to the point, I don't know how to say this, being the awkward person that I am, would a forum I'm in be able to use this photo? 
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
What is the forum?
WinterMoon95 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Kitty! :D I Love Cats <3
alaer Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Black cats and any kitty are just that, kitties. Nothing evil or bad about them, but they do make for great stories with witches and the like. I'm a big fan of Kiki's Delivery Service and Kiki's talking cat Jiji. Sailor Moon is another with two talking cats Luna and Artemis.

Ridding society of all traces of other religions is hard to do; there's always an underground safe haven for all.

This photo looks like an old stray cat I had named Midnight. He wasn't a tom by any means, but still a pretty cat all sleek and shiny. Rufus (mainecoon mix) was the tom at the time and Midnight feared him.
Good shot of this kitty, he's a handsome model :)
m-gosia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Bookworm2003 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
NaagromFrancobvitch Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013   General Artist
So pretty. 
Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Hi there...
This lovely work has been featured here
Hope you like it...
Mind-Wolf Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   Writer
I love black cats <3
sampea Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
lovely cat
athime Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
She look sexy! Love her.
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
He :)
VioletFall95 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
My mom is EXTREMELY superstitious. Once when we ere driving home, a black cat crossed the road and she went two or three blocks out of the way just so she wouldn't cross the cat's path.

I hope to have a black cat and a hairless Sphinx cat some day :iconlaplz:
Iamshadowthefox Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
You seem like a kindhearted person :)
MidnaGothiCat Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
It dosen't work to click the ''love'' button more than once =<
140583 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012   Photographer
Diewtiful Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
I love the picture and the text. Many superstitions are a cause of catholicism and comes from the Middle Ages.
I had a girlfriend who had a cat named Merlin also ^^
FriendFrog Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Such a lovely portrait! I love the dramatic lighting and composition. Though, judging by the size of his pupil, he might not appreciate how close the camera is. :B I know my grumpy black cat needed to be bribed with treats and given an exciting new box to sit in before he'd pose for the camera. :giggle:
Reddawn24 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
black cats are absolutely gorgeous, and the Goddess Bast is my matron Goddess ^-^
means shes my mommy goddess :D
yes i love this picture!!!

tell Merlin that hes a pretty kitty and that i said hi lol
:hug: keep up the beautiful work :iconeweplz:
Tokyo-Dollie Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, That picture of a black cat is so cute o'; :heart:
JulietDamSkorpion Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist
I really love black cats :D
Stapic Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this :) The eyes are so captivating..
oscar-ojisan Featured By Owner May 27, 2012   Artist
love it
DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Great photo! And nice seeing how the model seems to quietly pose for the picture. :D
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It was a rare moment :D
DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
I see! :D
joypawrulez Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your fuckin awesome
PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love black cats. Sadly, they comprised the highest number of euthanizations annually. Apparently being black is stigmatized in the feline world. :no: I've campaigned for black cats (they are people, too!) to promote adoption from shelters. Except around Halloween. They often face the same fate of any ill-begotten holiday critter like bunnies and chicks.

I have a black cat and he is the best non-human human I've ever known. Your Merlin is beautiful :heart:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've volunteered at shelters so I know everything you're saying to be true :/ I've had a lot of black cats in my life time, as a result!

Sadly I lost Merlin a couple of years ago, after a battle with cancer and after grieving that loss, I adopted Gobi, also a black cat ;)
PennyHorrible Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I will probably have black cats for the rest of my life. :nod: Was Gobi named for the desert?

This is my Kismet [link] quite the model.
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