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Expressive Animal Portraits Feature Human-Like Emotions And Characteristics
By Yoon Sann Wong, 25 Jun 2015
Vincent Lagrange is a 26-year-old fine art photographer based in Belgium, whose recent and ongoing work, titled ‘Human Animal’, portrays animals donning curiously human-like expressions.
Lagrange’s pet cat, ‘Dwiezel’, and his love for animals inspired this project.
When the artist was studying still photography, he had used ‘Dwiezel’ as a photo subject to hone his skills.
After ‘Dwiezel’ lost one eye due to an illness, Lagrange realized that the cat became an even more captivating photo subject.
Lagrange told a Belgium newspaper that he hopes the series will encourage others to become more aware about animals.
“I want to make a book about ‘Human Animals’ to help people become familiar with the emotions of animals.”
“I hope that through my work, my love for animals will be passed on to others who have never felt such a connection with fauna before.”
“Many people do not realize that animals have feelings as well. I see it in their character and their behavior.”
Capturing images of these domestic and wild animals in the studio was no walk in the park. The process was time consuming, as Lagrange had to accommodate the moving animals.
The photographer also avoided using flash and worked only with constant soft light, so as not to frighten or cause the creatures any discomfort.
Take a look at some of Lagrange’s images from this series below. You can visit his website to discover more of his work, or follow him via his Facebook and Instagram.
[via Yatzer, images via Vincent Lagrange]
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