Absolutely captivated by this entire series from photographer Tim Flach, who has taken seven years and an innovative approach to photography to not just shoot, but also truly understand his subject.
As described in the description for his animal portrait book, More than Human:
“By taking striking close-up shots of various animals, Tim attempts to demonstrate how close can animal gestures and poses get to those of the humans.
What looks like images of unselfconscious and spontaneous reactions of the animals, is actually a result of long research and observation done by the artist. Every animal responds differently to temperature changes, light, human presence and even sounds – some of them would feel better with the music on, while the other would get intimidated by it.”
Felix, Gladys, and Rover. New York. 1974. By Elliott Erwitt.
Great interview with photographer Elliott Erwitt in The New York Times. Members of his family conducted the interview and I particularly liked what he had to say on the state of photography in the digital world:
Everybody is a photographer and that’s going to continue to be. It’s very seductive. But by the same token, everybody who has pencil is not necessarily a fine writer. It doesn’t mean you really have to know that much to get a picture. I mean, photography is not brain surgery. It’s not that complicated. It’s easier now than it was before, but before it wasn’t that hard. It was reasonably easy. It’s not the ease; it’s what you do and how you do it and how you construct your life and your vision.
Meet Zeus, an awesome Great Dane from Otsego, Michgan who holds the Guinness World Record for ‘Tallest Dog‘. He weight 155 pounds and measures 44 inches from foot to shoulder. But when standing on his hind legs, Zeus measures a whopping seven foot four. And he can drink directly from the kitchen faucet!
Visit Laughing Squid to watch a video in which Denise Doorlag, Zeus’ human companion, describes her family’s enormous dog and shares the history behind his name.
“I like the idea of casual situations being theatrically composed. On a daily basis I find myself witness to things that emulate my generation’s cinematic vocabulary: a boy plays guitar for a girl; college students take a road trip; a high-heeled shoe lies abandoned in the forest shrubbery. I am interested in finding what is authentic or accidental within this cultural feedback cycle. I’m not so interested in spontaneity—rather, I would like to document what is accidentally constructed.
Mostly I take photos of people and animals in Rhode Island, Colorado, California and Senegal, using a plastic Nikon F65.” - Gianna Badiali. Learn more about the artist HERE.
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