Archives for posts with tag: animal portrait

We’re not exactly sure of its origins, but perhaps you’ve heard of the folklore that claims dog owners begin to resemble their precious pooches over time. Hamburg, Germany-based freelance portrait, editorial and commercial photographer Ines Opifanti explores this notion in her ongoing series entitled The Dog People. While she’s not exactly sold on that claim, Opifanti does subscribe to the belief that owners become really good at interpreting their pets’ subtle mannerisms. We think Opifanti is really on to something with this… great series that could truly go on and on. It should be noted that these are authentic pairings of pet and owner, not models. Strong concept aside, Opifanti is clearly a very skilled photographer. Really nice shots. We love this all around.

More pet portraiture posts here and here.

Via ines-opifanti.com

Opifanti-01 Opifanti-02 Opifanti-03 Opifanti-04 Opifanti-05 Opifanti-06 Opifanti-07 Opifanti-08 Opifanti-09 Opifanti-10 Opifanti-11

Snakes get a bad rap. And they have throughout history. Perhaps it’s their cold-blooded, slithering and hissing disposition, but snakes have long been feared and associated with evil. London-based photographer Andrew McGibbon attempts to change that perception with his compelling series, cleverly named Slitherstition. By photographing his serpentine subjects from overhead and on brightly colored backgrounds, McGibbon is able to capture them in a vulnerable state, and emphasize their inherent beauty and grace. McGibbon has a terrific sense of color, paring the reptiles with interesting, vivid background colors to compliment their almost graphic exteriors. McGibbon is also quite the articulate wordsmith, explaining this project in more depth: “While a great many species of animals are subject to projections of man’s metaphorical thinking, I don’t see another – not even venomous counterparts, like spiders or scorpions; or sharks which hide in murky depths, waiting (as the horror movies have us think) to rip us apart, which is thought of as so deadly and demonic. The snake is insidious, while the serpent is all-mighty and terrifying. From ancient symbols to pop culture and schlock horror, from Medusa to Freud, the snake is a single unifier, a common enemy unanimously held in hideous regard – it is, everyone agrees, evil. These images, then, are a result of my attempts to break down our suppositions of the animal. As with all victims of an ‘othering’ process, the serpent deserves a second look, beyond its slithering and dark hypnosis.”

Another snake-related post here.

Via andrewmcgibbon.co

McGibbon-01 McGibbon-02 McGibbon-03 McGibbon-04 McGibbon-05 McGibbon-06 McGibbon-07 McGibbon-08 McGibbon-09 McGibbon-10 McGibbon-11 McGibbon-12 McGibbon-13 McGibbon-14

One sign of a gifted photographer is finding beauty in mundane, everyday subjects. Take popular aquarium “betta” fish (otherwise known as Siamese fighting fish), for example. Sure, they’re lovely domestic pets, but Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich captures them in all their beauty and elegance like we’ve never seen before, despite their rather aggressive nature (hence their name). Through Angkatavanich’s lens, they look exotic and mysterious. A commercial photographer by trade, Angkatavanich decided to experiment with shooting these colorful cold-blooded vertebrates a few years ago on a whim. And the results are truly stunning. We love how they appear to be suspended in air, the water they are submerged in not even apparent. It’s like they’re wearing luxurious, flowing gowns.

More fish posts here and here. And creative animal photography here and here

Via 500px.com

Angkatavanich-1 Angkatavanich-2 Angkatavanich-3 Angkatavanich-4 Angkatavanich-5 Angkatavanich-6 Angkatavanich-7 Angkatavanich-8

Yes, we know, we know… animals taking on human characteristics is a bit gimmicky. It’s a practice that’s been around forever, and one that never ceases to rouse wonderment in the eyes of children the world over (and those young at heart, too). But this series by Barcelona-based photographer/filmmaker Yago Partal is somehow different. Partal captures the essence and perceived “personalities” of various animals through a fusion of photography and illustration in a really special way. His execution of this series, which began as just a few photos for a larger project, is flawless. In his own words, Partal comments in the third person: “Influenced since childhood by stories of wildlife, fashion and cartoons, he found his own voice in a game that many like to play: humanizing animals. The project, with no other pretentiousness than to have fun and set apart his work, tries to do something different….” The pairing of wardrobe with animal is both humorous and thought-provoking. We really love this ongoing series. Merch featuring these fantastic photos available here. This series brings to mind another collection of stellar artwork that depicts the humanization of animals (here).

Via zooportraits.com

Partal-1 Partal-2 Partal-3 Partal-4 Partal-5 Partal-6 Partal-7 Partal-8 Partal-9

We realize not everyone is into dogs (or kids), but this series of portraits by Los Angeles-based photographer Grace Chon is irresistibly endearing. Chon’s subjects are her toddler son Jasper, and her 7 year old rescue mutt from Taiwan named Zoey. Chon dons both dog and child in matching outfits, then snaps away. Easy enough, right? Well, getting a dog or child to cooperate with such shenanigans is more difficult than it looks. But Chon pulls it off beautifully time after time. There is an undeniable innocence and loving bond captured here, and we credit Chon’s superb skills and instincts as professional photographer and doting mother.

Via gracechon.com and Tumblr

Chon-01 Chon-02 Chon-03 Chon-04 Chon-05 Chon-06 Chon-07 Chon-08 Chon-09 Chon-10 Chon-11 Chon-12 Chon-13 Chon-14

%d bloggers like this: