Moscow-based photographer Darya Kondratyeva reinterprets spellbinding tales of enchantment in her beautiful portraits of young women and their animal companions. Inspired by the stories of figures like Little Red Riding Hood, Gretel, and Brave’s Merida, the photographer transports the viewer to distant, mythical realms through her stunning shots.
Kondratyeva’s inclusion of animal subjects in her portraits add to the folkloric magic of the images. Trained animals such as bears, foxes, and owls interact playfully with the models, creating a fairytale world in which animals and humans speak, frolic, and live together in harmony.
If you’re a fan of Kondratyeva’s work, be sure to check out Katerina Plotnikova, another Russian photographer who captures captivating portraits with animals.