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Wonderland: Enchanting Portraits With Real Animals By Katerina Plotnikova

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Moscow-based Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova, has created some of the most ethereal, magical and beautiful images we have ever seen! Her photos are taken with live animals with the help of professional trainers. But with and without the critters, both large and small, her overall composition is what dreams are made of.

Her ability to capture what could be a majestic and intimate relationship between humans and animals in the midst of what looks like, enchanted forests, leaves us breathless and in wonder. And, we couldn’t help but to sprinkle in a bit of Whyte, O’Donohue and Campbell to add to this already mystical ambiance.

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Katerina Plotnikova Photography

When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone,
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your home
tonight.

The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

~David Whyte

 

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight,

The light in the mind becomes dim.
Things you could take in your stride before
Now become laborsome events of will.

Weariness invades your spirit.
Gravity begins falling inside you,
Dragging down every bone.

The tide you never valued has gone out.
And you are marooned on unsure ground.
Something within you has closed down;
And you cannot push yourself back to life.

You have been forced to enter empty time.
The desire that drove you has relinquished.
There is nothing else to do now but rest
And patiently learn to receive the self
You have forsaken for the race of days.

At first your thinking will darken
And sadness take over like listless weather.
The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.

You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.

Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.

~John O’Donohue

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
~Joseph Campbell

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

Katerina Plotnikova Photography

For more Katerina, visit her here.

Featured image: Katerina Plotnikova Photography

For more self-study, The Urban Howl recommends The Universe Is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story.

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