Image of the Day March 24
11 Intimate Animal Portraits

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Photo: Morten Koldby

If you've never had the chance to get really up close and personal with a lioness, or a cheetah, or an ostrich... Here's the next best thing.

These portraits are by Danish photographer Morten Koldby. He's been taking pictures of animals for several years - this is the second series he's released (check out some shots from the first series).

As for how he manages to get these intensely intimate shots, he says there's a lot of work involved.

"It is a time consuming process to shoot animals this way, since it requires them to be relaxed when at the same time I need to have eye contact with them," he told My Modern Met. "I have had help from some wonderful zookeepers along the way.

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Photo: Morten Koldby

The shots were captured at zoos in Europe and the U.S., with the majority of the animals housed in Denmark and Germany.

Koldby told Imaging-Resource.com about what he hopes to achieve with these pictures.

"My goal with these started as any other personal project to simply do something new, but now I do them to try to make others relate to the animals, and by that maybe treat nature with a little more consideration."

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Photo: Morten Koldby

Some of his shots have been used by the World Wildlife Fund for an app called 'Together' that brings attention to the plight of endangered species.

Check out Koldby's blog for more info about the app.

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Photo: Morten Koldby

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Photo: Morten Koldby

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Photo: Morten Koldby

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Photo: Morten Koldby

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Photo: Morten Koldby

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Photo: Morten Koldby

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Photo: Morten Koldby

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Photo: Morten Koldby

Via My Modern Met

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