St. Louis, MO, 2012
With the unflinching eye contact of his subjects, Brad Wilson's animal portraits transcend photography and rise to the level of encounter. Some are primal, like the mountain lion eyeing you for lunch; others uncannily human, like the spectacled owl with the furrowed brow of a grade school principal.
The photos share a stillness at odds with the time, effort, and luck that go into capturing the perfect shot. On that last ingredient, Wilson says, "if I was very lucky, I might get two frames from an entire shoot with the animal looking directly into the camera."
For Wilson, that extra effort is worth it: "since we, as humans, respond more powerfully and more emotionally to eye contact, I continually chased that image."
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