Giacomo Brunelli The Animals

I have been working on the series of animals for five years and with them I want to photograph my own reaction in their presence.
When I was a child I used to spend time playing with animals and I think that is why I push the lens often to its closest point of focus, almost touching the subject and forcing flight or fight from the animal, which is when I then record its reaction.” All the animals I photograph are found in the backyards, small villages, fields, and farms and I call the way I work “animal-focused street photography”. Once I see an animal that I want to photograph, I try to ignore it then I run after it which usually gains a response; sometimes I just stare at it and see what happens. Their reactions are different, sometimes they are curious about the camera and sometimes they get scared about the noise of the shutter. When I am dealing with dead animals I pick them up from the ground and place them where I think the setting works. In this case my interaction with the animal is a way to give purpose to something that it no longer has.

All images © courtesy of Giacomo Brunelli