February 24, 2024

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Is that a macaw or a runway model? Mario Testino turns his camera to wildlife in new photo exhibition

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Mario Testino is a photographer most effective known for his vogue photographs, regarded as one of the finest in the genre. Of late, Testino has turned his attention to a diverse subject matter: photographing a sequence of wildlife photos that will be exhibited at Hamiltons Gallery in London, England. 

Mario Testino: Absent Wild is the name of the forthcoming exhibition featuring a breathtaking array of animals, from lions in Kenya to rare birds in Brazil. Not your typical wildlife photographs, even though Testino’s photos push the boundaries of the style, photographing the animals as though a cross involving a manner editorial and a painting. 

Acinonyx jubatus, Kenya, 2023 (Image credit: © Mario Testino)

The pictures had been captured in several countries all over the world, “from eagles in Mongolia to zebras in Namibia”. The pure habitats of the animals had been transformed into “best, curated sets” that enabled Testino to blur the strains between mother nature and imagination. 

The photos of the birds, in specific, search as though they are supermodels, in haute couture, papped on a night out. This sartorial perspective is intentional, and permits the viewer to look over and above the preliminary imagery to the further that means driving the images. 

Equus zebra hartmannae, Namibia, 2022 (Impression credit history: © Mario Testino)

Diceros bicornis, Kenya, 2023 (Graphic credit history: © Mario Testino)

Searching at the staging and design and style of the photos, in particular in the present photographic local weather, you could be forgiven for considering that these are AI-created designs. They usually are not, but they have been explained as Testino’s ‘personal AI’, representing a chronicle of his creativeness. 

Personal AI, even though a new time period, is pretty considerably something I can understand, and Testino has applied many put up-production strategies to prepare, light, and make the illustrations or photos pop. The use of lighting and the augmentation of shade in the images has given life to the scenes, and permits the animals to stand out amongst the darkened inky backdrop. Quite a lot a method out of Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro playbook! 

Goura cristata, Brazil, 2022 (Image credit: © Mario Testino)

Aquila chrysaetos (I), Mongolia, 2019 (Picture credit: © Mario Testino)

The new Long gone Wild collection is the most recent from Testino’s ongoing venture A Stunning Planet, which was initially exhibited at Hamiltons in 2019. The much larger undertaking explores and paperwork the cultural traditions of folks and the all-natural planet from all-around the globe. 

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