Over 40,000 years ago, we began to depict animals in cave drawings. Throughout history, mankind's consistent portrayal of animals in art is a testament to the importance of our connection with the animal kingdom. As mankind evolved, so did our artwork. We began to not only depict but personify animals. We began to see our human emotions in animals. This anthropomorphism or personification connected us to animals on a deeper and more emotional level. This collection of work is my perspective and portrayal of the animal kingdom. As a portrait photographer, my intention is for these animal portraits to speak to us. What they say depends on the conscious and subconscious feelings we embody. By photographing each animal in-studio on a neutral background, I am creating a portrait that is focused on the animal only and often the eyes are the focal point. This deconstructive approach to portraiture allows us to experience the creature in a way otherwise not possible. Through this language of simplistic portraiture, these photographs are aimed to elicit an emotion in the viewer. Whether it's beauty, power, or humor, I want to give animals the opportunity to tell their story and to connect with you us an emotional level. Being in a studio with a big cat off leash is an incredible experience. The size and presence of a big cat is tangible, so powerful, and commands respect. Time flies but at the same time, stands still. Felix is a celebrity cat for sure and has been featured in many commercials and movies. He's an old hat. His trainers are amazing and it's evident seeing them work with Felix that their bond is strong and is mutually loving. When choosing exotic animals to work with in studio, I either work with conservationists or with reputable trainers that I know treat their animals with the utmost respect and dignity they deserve.
About The Gallery
Isabella Garrucho Fine Art is an art gallery based in Greenwood. It offers a great selection of artworks for sale by many emerging and established artists.