In an age where digitally manipulated models grace the covers of magazines with impossible perfection, and a time when it only takes the swipe of one’s finger to ‘filter’ what would have been a mundane photograph into luminescent colours or a brooding black & white, it is hard to believe that any extraordinary photograph isn’t simply the outcome of a combination of clicks and keys.
Moscow-based photographer Katerina Plotnikova takes pictures that would rouse any viewer into this sort of digitised disbelief. Yet she uses real, live animals in her photo shoots, resulting in photographs that would turn even the most savvy city-dweller green with envy. Using the help of professional animal trainers, Plotnikova is able to create the shots you see below without immense danger to herself or her models (both human and animal alike).
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