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. Cairo was a curious cat. On leash, he wanted to check out the studio and get a feel for the place. But when it was time to work, he was ready and wanted to. His owner told me Cairo loves to snarl but once we start doing it he wouldn't want to stop. So at the end of the shoot Cairo hopped on his pedestal and was ready to snarl. And boy did he. His owner would say 'sssssssspeak', Cairo would snarl and then receive the best big cat snack, a chicken drumstick or drummy for short. I was three feet from him when I shot this and the feeling being this close to this sort of power was incredible and humbling. I'll never forget it.
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.