Tales from the Animal Kingdom / Series #1 ('What you can't see on BBC')
They are our brothers and sisters. To make art out of animal images, one has to leave the documentary approach of nature photography and do research into the world of motion and light and interpretation. Suddenly the species or the place has no importance.
» Some viewers of my work have said that I would do ‘Contemplative Photography’. The work itself would probably fit into that definition, but what I’ve read about Contemplative Photography makes it sound like a spiritual path. But I look at my photography more as a wonderfully enjoyable lifestyle. I like to call it ‘Still Photography’. But you can call it anything you want as long as it communicates to you. « Animals have always been present in art history. They’ve been portrayed in religious rituals, as mythical creatures, incarnations of gods and goddesses, symbolically in Christian art or simply as pets.
Animals began to take center stage in the 18th and 19th centuries as proud owners commissioned portraits of their well-bred livestock and pets. Some painters like George Stubbs (1724–1806) made a living specializing in racing scenes and horses. And wild animals, like Edwin Landseer’s ‘The Monarch of the Glen’, step into the tableaus as well.
Today there are as many approaches to ‘the animal in art’ as there are artists. Us, being specialized in artworks talking about the relationship between man and nature, came upon Pål Hermansen’s animal images because they inspire such a beautiful quality of stillness. His portfolio ‘Tales from the animal kingdom’ conveys that stillness and from that stillness make it possible for a viewer to understand the soul essence of animals, the other inhabitants of the blue planet we share together.
Animal photography is difficult when you want to make it a piece of art. Pål Hermansen is mastering this task with his ‘Still Photography’ style.