Intimate Portraits That Capture Emotion on the Faces and Figures of Animals

After receiving worldwide attention for his photographs of dogs and horses in projects titled Dogs Gods and Equus, London-based photographer Tim Flach turned his attention to more exotic creatures. His latest project, titled More Than Human, consists of intimate studio portraits of various wild animals, from various monkeys and apes to specially-bred featherless chickens.

The description of Flach’s work on his website reads:

Although drawn from different animal species, Tim Flach brings his subjects into such close focus that we begin to read their poses and gestures as we would the body language of a human figure, face or hand […] We find ourselves irresistibly drawn into a distinctly anthropomorphic tête à tête, suddenly able to see eye to eye with a curiously kindred species whose behavior is not unlike our own.

Flach employs different strategies for making his subjects feel comfortable in his studio, including adjusting the temperature of his studio, playing music in the background, having trainers nearby, and raising smaller creatures to a higher level (some animals are intimidated by a human’s height).

Here are a collection of images from the project:

You can find more photos from this project over on Flach’s website. They have also been published as a hardcover photo book titled “More Than Human,” which is available over on Amazon for $39.

(via MetaFilter)

P.S. This project may remind you of a similar one by photographer Brad Wilson that we shared last month.

Image credits: Photographs by Tim Flach and used with permission

  • Joe Brandibas

    What is up with the plucked chicken?

  • Peter Neill

    My God these are beautiful

  • Anthony Harrison

    Best animal photos I’ve ever seen

  • val escobar

    Stunning, as a spokesman of the great apes, surreally breathtakingly lovin’ it.

  • Peter Croft

    Yes, I can see emotions in my beautiful Golden Labrador – happiness, joy, contentment, disappointment, boredom, worry. They are smarter than we realise.

  • mythbuster

    These animals are just like humans, no fundamental difference.

  • Dave

    Can’t make it to the frying pan fast enough.

  • eraserhead12

    there is no fundamental difference between a chicken and a human? I guess it depends on what you define a ‘fundamental’ difference.

  • tim

    Hmm. lovely pics, but don’t confuse emotion with anthropomorphism.

  • brob

    is that Gollum in the 12th shot down?

  • Bob

    Did you miss the Declaration by prominent scientists at Cambrige last summer of animal consciousness? “The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states,” they write, “Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors.”

  • C

    You’re an ass. Why are you even bothering to look at art? Do the rest of Earth a favor and crawl back in your cave.

  • Caitlyn Chapman

    Love. I’ve been following Tim Flach since I was gifted his Equus book one year. Have since bought his Dogs book and am enjoying this series too. He is a master of light! Truly amazing I highly recommend his books!

  • Vihannespörssi

    Just amazing shots! You’re so talented!

  • Ivor Wilson

    There is something deeply hideous about that chicken photo… The Mandrill and Bat pics, however, wow… fantastic.

  • Jim McNair

    The bat is upside down I think.

  • chay

    Their eyes says everything..Amazingly beautiful.

  • justApoint

    I was going to mention the ones I like the best, but, they are all so amazing, I mentioned all of them.
    I tip my hat to you Mr. Flach.
    I sincerely hope that photographer was using an extremely high zoom on that gorilla

  • David Keener

    Had to look up anthropomorphism. Wonder how many others did.

  • Guest

    Thought exactly the same thing! Looks like he’s been gymming! :)