pedro jarque krebs

THE ENLIGHTENED

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By immortalising wild animals in their natural habitat and then working on the lighting in postproduction to display them against a neutral backdrop, Pedro Jarque Krebs aims to help break down the barrier that we have built over the centuries concerning our relationship with the animal kingdom. The darkness of the backdrop and the play of light and shade allow the photographer to create the atmosphere necessary to take an emotional approach to them. In The Enlightened, the lion seems to strike a pose, although it was photographed in the wild. According to an African legend, white lions are the messengers of the gods and they bring happiness and luck to anyone who sees one. It has been suggested that our contemplation of animals has always represented a means of reflecting on the origins of humanity, as a reflection of ourselves. This is part of the Western idea that affirms that, during our evolution, the human species became isolated from the natural realm that defines animals and their behaviour. Through his remarkable series of portraits, photographer Pedro Jarque Krebs strives to reconstruct our view of these wild species by restoring some of the dignity that has been usurped from them.

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