Animal Soul by Robert Bahou

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Robert Bahou write in his site: ‘I have a fascination with making images that not only my eyes see, but also my mind. For me it’s not about capturing a specific moment, it’s about making a moment, making an image that otherwise will not exist.

I was born and raised in Amman, and much of my artistic sensibility draws from the landscapes I was fortunate to be surrounded by. Jordan is stunning. From a young age I was doing my best to do the beautiful kingdom some justice through photographs. I haven’t yet, maybe one day.

I like misty mornings, animals (horses in particular), clouds and mountains (the irony being that I live in The Netherlands). Probably some other things as well, but I like those.

I’m currently working on animal photography, and I hope to get a book published in the near future. This particular project focuses on cats and dogs, but I’d love to expand to pandas, cheetahs and owls. Why animals? Other than the fact that I grew up with them, and have a profound fascination with what goes on in their minds, I believe that capturing a faithful, telling portrait of them is surprisingly easy. I don’t think that animals understand what a camera is, so when they look into a lens, they are not conscious of their appearance. As a result, they don’t adjust their expression, posture or body language, they just are what they are. With this formula, we are left with all the elements of a posed portrait, without the fundamental posed nature.’