Extreme Eye Contact: Brad Wilson's "Affinity" Portraits

Tiger #4, Los Angeles, CA, 2010 by Brad Wilson

Tiger #4, Los Angeles, CA, 2010 by Brad Wilson

Brad Wilson's captivating photographic series "Affinity" captures stark and illuminating portraits of animals. Wilson has worked with a wide range of creatures, bringing them into the studio, and patiently working with them to offer an intimate portrait of animals that most of us can never get close to.

Great Horned Owl #3, Espanola, NM, 2011 by Brad Wilson

Great Horned Owl #3, Espanola, NM, 2011 by Brad Wilson

Chimpanzee #11, Los Angeles, CA, 2014 by Brad Wilson

Chimpanzee #11, Los Angeles, CA, 2014 by Brad Wilson

Mountain Lion, Los Angeles, CA, 2011 by Brad Wilson

Mountain Lion, Los Angeles, CA, 2011 by Brad Wilson

The soft lighting and deep black backgrounds strip away any distractions and allow one to instead delve into the intensity of the animal's eyes and facial features. He excludes from the frame any hint of the surrounding handlers or perches, so it feels like only a moment between the photographer and the animal. The resulting quietness portrays a gentle and reflective interaction between human and animal.

African Elephant #1, Los Angeles, CA, 2010 by Brad Wilson

African Elephant #1, Los Angeles, CA, 2010 by Brad Wilson

To see more of Brad's work, visit his artist page at www.bradwilson.com