Tim Flach’s signature close focus on his animal subjects results in imagery that is as hyper-realistic as it is intimate. The London-based photographer manipulates lighting and carefully crops each and every image for maximum graphic impact. The final result is something which manages to epitomize the emotional parallels between man and beast.
While we generally think of animals as rather one-dimensional when it comes to exhibiting emotion, Flach’s technique works to emphasize the surprisingly complex facial gestures of the animals. From the nonchalant yawning of a fruit bat in one image, to the unyielding and intense gaze of a Siberian Husky in another, even the slightest twitch of a facial muscle cannot escape Flach’s lens.
Ultimately, the photographer’s images exploit the viewer’s inherent humanity in order to evoke emotion. In discerning the unexpected emotions of Flach’s animal subjects, we read their body language in the same way we would with another human. Consequently, a kind of empathetic relationship emerges between viewer and subject which would, otherwise, prove quite difficult to achieve. More information on Flach is available through his website.
- James Lavapie