Just pictures, for pictures sake.
Best not fall asleep and perhaps wear some clothes when dealing with these pussy cats. I’m sure I heard somewhere that tigers like their snacks ready unwrapped!
You would be excused for thinking these images were created using Photoshop. Or at least that they were shot in close collaboration with an obliging taxidermist.
Well you’d be wrong on both counts. For Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova created these stunning images by posing her models with real live wild animals!
While most of the species featured are very dangerous, professional animal trainers were on hand throughout to supervise and control the trained animals.
The bear, for instance, looks as cuddly as an oversized teddy bear posed with the elegant princess. And then below it we see a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the bear being rewarded with a treat from its trainer over the model’s shoulder.
You can find more of beautiful images on photographer Katerina Plotnikova’s 500px web page where prints may be purchased.