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Cats love sitting in window to watch the birds and passing pedestrians or just to bask in the sun. Being curious by nature, they are attracted to anything that moves and there is obviously a lot of movement outside.
Manuela Kulpa is a German photographer who photographs animals in captivity across zoos . Through her photographs she wants to show the beauty, richness and importance of our environment and how it is vital to preserve it. In her latest series entitled “African Souls” Kulpa attempts to capture the soul and beauty of African wildlife.
Brazilian treehopper (image credit)
Treehoppers are incredible insects that have evolved to adapt in even the harshest of environments. On their backs they sport outgrowths called helmets, which resemble seeds, thorns, leaves, and even ants.
Sophie, Photographe since 2010 sticks her animal portraits in Paris, to create fun and intriguing situations. She thoroughly prepares each installation as each animal must find its place in space, the neighborhood, the street… A walking elephant, an owl landed on a cable, a giraffe coming out of the door… all images are perfectly integrated into the detail of the urban environment. The city, architecture, and decor appear to the viewer along with the strange animal is distinguished…
Sophie’s Animals on the streets of Paris has been included as part of Centre Pompidou Hors pistes 2012 (ref. interview). © All images courtesy of the artist
In Nocturne: Creatures of the Night Traer Scott features 42 intimate portraits of nocturnal animals. Scott sets her subjects against dark backgrounds. The result is a “very controlled” and “minimal” look. “I wanted it to feel like the viewer was seeing an animal that had just emerged from the darkness and someone had shined a flashlight on it,” Scott said in an interview.
The nests of social weaver birds are believed to be the largest birds’ nests in the world. Other than providing a hiding place from predators, the gigantic communal nests are also said to be perfect for protecting the birds from desert’s harsh climate. Living in the plains of Namibia and South Africa, social weavers make use of several different materials, building the nest by weaving in twig after twig. These nests are perhaps the most spectacular structure built by any bird.
Fiona Tang draws amazing large-scale animal murals that seem to have a life of their own. Tang uses a technique called trompe l’oeil, to create the optical illusion of depth. This technique, combined with Tang’s realistic imagery skills, make for impressive, eye-popping artworks.
In Animal Architecture, a new book from Abrams, nature photographer Ingo Arndt explores marvels of nature with spectacular imagery, showcasing the complex and elegant structures that animals create both for shelter and for capturing prey. Arndt’s photographs display wonders such as the colourful mating arenas of bowerbirds in West Papua and the fantastic nests created by ants in Africa.