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Russian Photographer Captures Fairy-Tale Scenes With REAL Animals
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Russian Photographer Captures Fairy-Tale Scenes With REAL Animals

When Moscow-based photographer Darya Kondratyeva isn’t snapping family, maternity or baby photos, she creates enchanting photos that seem like re-interpretations of old fairytales or legends. The models in her photos seem like they could be witches, princesses or forest spirits.

Aside from her models, trained animals feature heavily in Kondratyeva’s fantasy photography as well. Each one seems like it might open its mouth and whisper a wise secret into the model’s ear.

Kondratyeva’s work is similar to that of Katerina Plotnikova and Margarita Kareva, two other Russian photographers we’ve written about who also have sharp eyes for capturing folkloric images and settings.

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JennMacLean
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't recall Merida being half naked.

NatashaKotova
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The image of Merida appears disturbingly sexified to me.

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MarianoCoromac
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If they belong to a sanctuary, the money you acquire from doing this should go to help them. They are not toys.

JenHazlett
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Using animals for entertainment makes me very, very sad. That poor bear.. Bored Panda, why feature this abuse? A toothless bear? Seriously?

MaximChervyakov
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

where do you see an abuse?.. oh you just assume they were abused..

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PaulReynolds
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Disgusting example of animal cruelty. Wild animals belong in the wild...if rescued in a sanctuary..not on a photoset, note the lack of teeth

ChelseaBooty
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did it ever come to your mind that the bear might be a rescue, and can no longer survive in the wild BECAUSE it lacks teeth?

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RoqueCepeda
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My dick is confussed, tohse are great pictures but the use of trained animals is just not right :(

SumeetKaur
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ANIMALS SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR HUMAN ENTERTAINMENT. IT IS CRUEL. VERY CREATIVE BUT STILL SORRY IT WAS DISAPPOINTING

SofiaMiguel
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can clearly see that the animals are posing willfully, without chains or being tamed. Your comment would make sense in a Circus

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TatianaAbramovskaya
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Half-naked bitches next to wild animals - how very original! Bears, obviously trained and therefore from circus, or foxes from fur farm? Fuc

HanhDoan
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The animals don't look right. The fox looks away, the owl looks scared, elk is terrified, the bear -- toothless.

SophieHughes
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes they are amazing pictures, but who says which animals give their lives up for this guy to become successful.... absolutely disgusting

JayeBour
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The only forceful interaction between humans and animals should be to keep animals away from human territory for safety reasons.

JayeBour
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Animals should live freely in their own habitat. Animals should not be held captive in zoo's for human entertainment.

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JayeBour
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Animals in the zoo are captives, to be looked at for human pleasure. Animals should live freely in their own habitat.

MarianoCoromac
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The money they acquire from doing this should go to the sanctuary they are in. If they are for entretainment only... that's not ok.

Community Member
8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The lady with the bear cub is simply gorgeous

darkphoenix
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

so cool, this is like.......book cover worthy!

Debbie Smith
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is art people. Sounds like one person gets their panties in a bunch and everyone else has to follow suit and bandwagon. Boohoo.

MichaelHunyadi
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the bear is so cute and the girl is so beautiful holy shit!

Selene SkyeDeme
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a beautiful interpretation~ all you purists are entitled to your brutal opinions but you're idiots~

SeleneSkyeDeme
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a beautiful interpretation~ all of you oversensitive purists are entitled to your brutal opinions but you're idiots :)

MolaMola
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Boring sunset photography resembling soft porn rather than artfilm. The animal abuse is the real downer though.

BettyBasche
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I THINK THE PICTURES ARE BEAUTIFUL AS WELL AS THE ANIMALS AND YOUNG LADIES.

Sonja Bartrop
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

where did you get the Gretal dress? that IS BEAUTIFUL!

Diane Horton
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't see a single photo here where the bear even has the mouth open far enough to tell whether it has canines or not.

DianeHorton
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't see a single photo here where you would even be able to tell if the bear has canines or not.

Xyra Angel
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I did not notice any teeth missing off the animals. If this is true, I withdraw my previous, positive comment!

Xyra Angel
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful, whimsical imagery. LOVE the psychic connection with the animals!

Tessa Wartooth
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And the fox shown is a domesticated silver fox. made headlines a few years back for creating a species of domestifox (Shown in photograph)

TessaWartooth
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The bear is missing teeth. This is actually a common tactic in Russia for bear training and you will also see it in many circus animals.

KatieHughes-Cautela
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think the artist and the models are incredible. The photos are amazing. I see no "animal cruelty" whatsoever. Talented indeed

DavidWall
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't feed the trolls. It is fairly obvious that a certain person is just here to start ish.... don't fall for it people

M
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow these pictures are amazing! It's somewhat rare to see pics like these with actual animals which add a little magic to each picture c:

Philip debut
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah , really see a lot of that going on here. .. I know animals , I love animals, clearly Paul you have issues ...

Philip debut
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, assault, violation, rape, unjust practices; crimes, or other types of aggression

Philip debut
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit.[1] Abuse can come in many forms, such

Trevor Dennis
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Russian bears I can believe, but a camel?! Great pictures, and lovely to see those happy smiley faces on the animals. They were loving it

Rachel White
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is beautiful. I wish my life could be like this.

valval2014
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wtf you should be nicer that person took time and i bet u that the fotografer did not let the bear back in wild but fed it

jerilou2
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful Photography, Trusting Models

jerilou2
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beatiful Photos, Trusting Models

JasmineLopez
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the costumes and the animals portaid in picture with the models. It let's out a feeling of peace between animals and people. <3

Cynde Gragert
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think PaulReynolds makes some very important points and should be taken seriously. Animal abuse is a huge problem all over the world.

SophiaPanda
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017