(ANIMAL PICTURES/PETS) Russian photographer Elena Shumilova is new to the photography scene, yet she’s already produced an amazing set of art.
Shumilova got her first professional camera in 2012, and has since been taking photographs of her two sons, Yaroslav and Vanya, as they interact with the animals on their farm.
According to Shumilova, she prefers to use natural light, which she feels gives “emotional depth to the image,” adding that she takes an intuitive approach to her work.
“I get inspired mainly by desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what it is.”
“Children and animals – they’re my life. As a mum of two sons we spend a lot of time on the farm, so I often shoot my boys with dogs, rabbits and ducks,” Shumilova said.
Her work is a beautiful rendition of the incredible relationships children develop with the animals they interact with at a young age.
Shumilova’s boys possess a unique quality that has made them virtually fearless of any animal they’ve encountered. They are so comfortable with their farm companions that they seem to almost communicate with one another.
As you can seen in the photographs below, the boys interact with the creatures who share their home in a very magical and whimsical way.