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Intimate Black and White Portraits of Exotic Animals in Captivity

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It’s been a very news heavy couple of days, with much of the news being depressing or controversial at that. So if you need a break from all the Terry Richardsons and bankruptcies of the world, this stunning photo series by Czech photographer and graphic designer Lukas Holas should do the trick nicely.

Unfortunately, information about the series is extremely hard to come by, and our efforts to contact Mr. Holas directly have been for naught. The only real description the series has is the sentence “Animals are a matter of my heart…” which accompanies the wildly popular series on Holas Behance site and actually captures their essence quite well.

Additionally, we know from Trend Hunter that the photos were taken at a local zoo, and made to look like studio portraits in post by inserting a pure black background. Here’s a look at the entire series:

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The beauty of these photographs is that the captive animals are, in a sense, set free of their enclosures. The photos might show a wild zebra or lion, and because there is no busy background to distract from the subject, all of the animals’ majestic details stand out in stark relief.

To see even more portraits from the series or if you’d like to purchase prints, head over to Holas Fine Arts America page by clicking here.

(via Trend Hunter)


Image credits: Photographs by Lukas Holas