Photographing animals as if they were human [20 pictures]

October 31, 2012 | By Abraham | 24 comments

From photographer Tim Flach’s series “More than Human”

Bringing the viewer into close-up proximity with their animal subjects, painstakingly lit, carefully cropped…and animated with telling gestures, these photographs…are far removed from wildlife photography…. In fact, the treatment accorded to these particular creatures is not dissimilar from…the stuff of human portraiture.

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24 Comments

    1. Bee says:

      Yeah I was enjoying it until I saw the poor Rooster…I assumed all the animals must be taxidermied but apparently not, according to his website.

    2. E. Wald says:

      This type of rooster was deliberately bred to be featherless to eliminate the need for plucking. It is another sad commentary on how we treat all non human animals.

  1. Linda says:

    I would have just turned the whole darned thing off if I saw the lion doing duck lips. … crisis averted.

  2. Jennifer says:

    These are stunning. I don’t understand the previous comments, unless they’ve all been written by 15-year olds. We are all animals. Perhaps some people are uncomfortable with how alike non-humans and humans can be.

    1. Dyanne says:

      I agree Jennifer. The pictures were stunning. It shows how we humans and all non human life are connected. If only we all believed that. Sadly, some people don’t get it. If all they can see is the “ugliness” of the animals then their eyes are blinded by the ugliness in their hearts.

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  3. Annie says:

    These make living in our world, where animals of every description are routinely and appallingly mistreated, even more difficult than it was before. I Love these, but my heart hurts looking at them.

  4. Ellen Collins says:

    To Annie and Jessica… thank you for your comments. The other ones I read made me wonder what humans have devolved to. You girls give me hope….

  5. Kim says:

    They are beautifully captured, but I’m not sure the title of this article is correct- to be photographed like humans, they have to be 90% airbrushed. :-P

  6. Tammy says:

    many of these are stunning, but a lot of them seem to have been treated heavily. Human portraiture tends to be as well, but that doesn’t make it good. Just makes these seem a bit contrived or manufactured instead of an honest portrayal of creatures with individual thoughts and feelings. Just my opinion, though.

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