Intimate Black and White Portraits of Exotic Animals in Captivity


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:














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

  • mark

    The shot of the zebra is gorgeous

  • Adam Cross

    extremely uninspiring and…well, images of captive wild animals are never impressive, no matter how much post-production is used to hide the bars and vapid crowds

  • Sean Walsh

    I was scrolling through slowly, and when I came to that one, I just stopped and stared for a few minutes. I think it’s my favourite.

  • whistlerdan

    A question for you…. if you were unable to contact the photographer, how did you get permission to post all of his photos on your website? Normally you guys footer these things with something along the lines of “photos used with permission from……”

  • Luis

    The animals look fine. You look miserable.

  • Aezreth

    Sorry but these photos are just too heavily and badly photoshopped for me to enjoy. There are much better examples of animal portraits, even in the petapixel links under the article itself.

  • OtterMatt

    Your world must be a horrible place to live.

  • Burnin Biomass

    They might be heavily shopped, but I still like a few of them. Not all are as successful, but a couple are stunning, I love the isolation the blacked out area gives. .

  • alex

    good question!

  • Patrick Ahles

    So what if Photoshop was used? Why is everybody so ramped up about using Photoshop to get to a picture YOU as a photographer like?

    If you as a VIEWER don’t like it, by all means don’t like it! But remember, it’s your opinion. YOUR opinion. And opinions are not facts.

  • Adam Cross

    “The animals look fine”… you must now how stupid that sounds, right?

  • Adam Cross

    a world where I’m against unnecessary suffering to animals? yeah that sounds awful :S

  • Aezreth

    Wow, calm down buddy, did you even read my post? I clearly say “for ME to enjoy”. Personally I think when you take the editing this far and it becomes too obvious it starts looking like an illustration instead of a photograph.

  • Patrick Ahles

    Maybe I’m a bit harsh, sorry about that, nothing personal, but still. Don’t like it? Fine. Simply move along…

  • John

    Photoshopped or not. They are beautiful images nevertheless.