Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova specializes in creating images that seem plucked straight from a children’s fairy tale. In her digital fantasy world, hauntingly beautiful women live side by side with wild beasts in the middle of the woods. The young photographer, whose work we have previously featured with elk, bears, and elephants as her wild models, just continues to impress with her depictions of a surreal wonderland where woman and animal commune in harmony.
The Moscow-based artist transports her audience into a dream world, juxtaposing delicate models with powerful animals. As videos on her Facebook show, the images are not created with Photoshop. They incorporate actual animals with her characteristic shots captured through the aid of animal trainers. Maintaining themes of soft, muted colours and consistently making use of stunning natural backdrops in the middle of the forest, Plotnikova’s portfolio makes it easy to experience the magic of a fairy tale again.