"A lot of people get confused when they see this image. They think it was done by a computer, but we actually took pigment power, mixed it with talc to get the right ice-cream pastel colours, and brushed it into the cats.
The owners were two proud members of the Persian Cat Club. I can't remember how I found them, but they turned up in a van, covered in cat fur, and stood breathing down my neck as I took the picture. We were worried about putting all that powder on the animals' fur, but they said, "Oh no, they absolutely love it!" The cats were such vain creatures - they adored being touched and pampered."