Surreal artwork is highly appreciated here at TAE, and Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova’s daring photography is just another one of those that are moving enough to make us challenge and improve our own artistic abilities. She uses an almost unbelievable combination of delicate (usually redheaded) models and powerful wild animals.

The Moscow-based photographer recently went viral, and it’s no surprise why. It may not seem like much when you describe her works through words, but once you see the photos you’re sure to be amazed. Many would even describe it as a real-life version of the classic, Alice in Wonderland.

Here are just a few examples:

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So while this all would seem dangerous, each photo has been taken under the supervision of two very professional animal trainers. Here’s a behind the scenes look:

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With or without animals, Plotnikova’s thematic work is definitely unique, and awe inspiring. While she does have a few photos that don’t involve human-to-animal interaction (which still look like they’re straight out of a dream), it’s her signature style that often takes center stage.

Take a look at some more of the 26-year-old’s fantastic surreal photographs:

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You can see more of her works at her 500px portfolio.