Photo Friday with Tim Flach’s More than Human
English photographer Tim Flach thins the line between animals and humans with a stunning series called More than Human. He captures panthers, pandas, gorillas, and other animals, and demonstrates that they exhibit a depth of emotion that we may not have expected. These photos beg the questions of how different, if at all, are we from these animals. How different is the look of a bat when threatened and the expression we may have when on guard, or a baboon’s gaze of inquiry and our own expressed curiousity?
Flach further humanizes these animals by taking them out of the environment we are used to seeing them in and bringing them into a studio. Perhaps as any new subject, the animals express discomfort in this unnatural environment, and he placates them with music and by adjusting the temperature. There is a careful and patient process to these portraits because, as we may expect, the subjects are unpredictable and don’t take to direction in quite the same way.
As stated on the artist’s website, there is also a playfulness to these photos:
“Tim Flach’s bestiary evokes pathos, humour and an unmistakably intimate human empathy. Not only do we begin to find supposedly repellent creatures charming, but discover a sympathetic vulnerability, an unexpected lightness and humour in their gestures and attitudes, as if putting on a performance for our benefit in a readily accessible comedy of manners all their own.”
Find more of Tim Flach’s series here.