THE ANIMALS by GIACOMO BRUNELLII have been working on this series since 2005. The animals that I photograph are found in backyards, small villages, fields and farms, which is why I call my working style “animal-focused street photography”.
When I was a child I used to spend a great deal of time playing with animals, which I think is the reason as to why I tend to push my camera lens to its closest point of focus, forcing a fight or flight reaction out of the animal. This natural, spontaneous reaction is what I try to capture.
Reactions are often different- sometimes the animals are curious about the camera, and sometimes they get scared of the noise coming from the shutter.
When dealing with dead animals I pick the bodies up from the ground and place them where I think is appropriate in accordance with the setting.
The images are all shot with a 35mm Japanese camera, Miranda Sensomat.
I printed the images on my own in a darkroom; they have come with rounded corners and black edges. The best time to capture my subjects is in the morning, using a combination of direct and diffused light.
Giacomo Brunelli’s series on animals has been exhibited world-wide in The Phographers’ Gallery (London), Galerie Camera Obscura (Paris), and Robert Morat Galerie (Hamburg), to name a few. His work has won the Sony World Photography Award and has also been featured in international newspapers and magazines like The Guardian, European Photography, and B&W Magazine, among several others. In 2012, he was commissioned by The Photographers’ Gallery to do a project on London that will be on display in March 2014.
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