Photographer Olga Barantseva works with faithful, if unlikely, collaborators to produce her gorgeous images; she enlists the help of forest animals. From wolves and foxes to a bear named Stepan, the breathtaking photos combine fantasy, fashion, and a kinship between human and four-legged creatures. The results show the cuddlier side of these animals—which we often fear as predators—that look plucked from the pages of storybooks.
Born and raised in Moscow, Barantseva was exposed to bucolic nature and kind creatures from an early age. These experiences have continued to inform her artistic voice, in addition to reading classic literature. “My love for fairy tales has evolved into my magical world where my atmosphere reigns,” she explains, “the harmony of which I try to convey in my photographs.”
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