Photographer spends ten years capturing intimate portraits of big cats

Dec 15, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer spends ten years capturing intimate portraits of big cats

Dec 15, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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In some aspects, animals can be just like humans. They can be kind, caring, affectionate, but also dangerous and ready for a fight. They can suffer or jump with joy, be happy or sad. Macedonian photographer Goran Anastasovski has devoted the past ten years of his life to capturing intimate portraits of animals at the local zoo, particularly big cats. His sepia portraits of tigers, lions, and leopards show the wide range of emotions and behaviors we can see in these magnificent creatures.

The goal of Goran’s big cat portraits is to emphasize the traits that they share with us humans. He is not only fascinated by the beauty and power of these animals. In his photos, he also wants to show people that big cats have all the traits we highly appreciate: love, bravery, sincerity, and loyalty.

Goran photographs lions, leopards, and tigers in a variety of poses and moments. In his portraits, you’ll often see them with their guard down, sharing intimate moments and cuddling like house cats. And yet, some other photos show the mighty animals roaring and showing their power in full swing.

To take these portraits, Goran has been visiting Skopje Zoo in Gradski Park (city park) for ten years now. He says that he visits them very often, and believes that they know him well by now. Still, he’s aware that the big cats wouldn’t be as gentle to him as they are to each other. He says that, even after all these years, they still try to eat him when they see the lens.

Goran points out that these animals are endangered and appealing to all humans to love them, not to kill them. Of course, I couldn’t agree more. Animals have feelings and character just like humans do, and I believe Goran’s portraits show it perfectly. Take a look at more of his photos below, and you’ll find more of his fantastic work on his website and Instagram.

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11 responses to “Photographer spends ten years capturing intimate portraits of big cats”

  1. boxingtangerine Avatar
    boxingtangerine

    Thats just awesome :)

    1. Marley Avatar
      Marley

      ???? your funny. Just minus the dog eating…???

  2. Wayne Robb Avatar
    Wayne Robb

    Cats…It doesn’t matter what breed, I love them all. Absolutely stunningly beautiful creatures.

    1. The queen Avatar
      The queen

      I don’t like big cat because they will kill humans and break into people house and they will my dogs

      1. Jason Avatar
        Jason

        @ The queen I assume you’re being facetious.. because despite what Tom & Jerry and every other cartoon and Hollywood in general have taught you cats will no more attack or hurt you then any other animal would.. & even that’s on the low end! Carnivores don’t hunt when they’re not hungry! Only humans do. There is ONLY 1 dangerous breed… Humans. Just like all dogs no matter the breed are descendant from the wolf… Domestic cats, no matter their breed, are all members of one species. Felis catus has had a very long relationship with humans. Ancient Egyptians may have first domesticated cats as early as 4,000 years ago. Plentiful rodents probably drew wild felines to human communities and the cats kept them at Bay. A mutual relationship formed from then on.. cats are very special animals. Peace be with you

      2. Rick Heaven Avatar
        Rick Heaven

        I think you live in India or Africa is that correct ?

    2. Judynot2 Avatar
      Judynot2

      Same here. I’ve always been partial to lions, but I love every cat in the world. Even the mean ones..

  3. Marion Shepherd Avatar
    Marion Shepherd

    Awesomely beautiful animals. Photography is incredible. I want to throw my arms around them and feel their power!! Thank you for sharing them!! Magnificent!!

    1. Carolyn Avatar
      Carolyn

      If you do that, you will definitely feel their Power!

  4. AJ Avatar
    AJ

    These are spectacular pictures of the big beautiful cats. He has done an outstanding job capturing them on camera. 5 stars

  5. Harley Dawn Avatar
    Harley Dawn

    Absolutely beautiful photos and mad respect to all photograpers who do this. The dedication they have is on a whole other level. Thank you so much <3