Freelance photographer Goran Anastasovski takes photographs in one of the most unexpected ways. As he describes it, he takes photos of zoo animals as if they were in the wild. He says he’s always been fascinated by nature and wild animals, so he takes them as inspiration for his passion: photography.

Born in 1969 in Skopje, Macedonia, he only started photographing nature less than 10 years ago, in 2006. As to why he photographs mostly zoo animals, it’s because there’s a lack of wild animals where he lives. There’s a zoo nearby, but he initially found it difficult to take great pictures because of bars and cages.

It’s interesting how he takes the photographs, using tricks like perspective and focus to take attention away from the zoo environment and give center interest toward the animals.  “My intention is to capture the zoo animals as if they were in their real environment,” he posted online. “I want to show the character of these wild animals by taking beautiful portraits of them.”

He often visits the zoo, allowing him to get a feel for the environment and the animals as well. “The constant tracking of the animals allows me to get to know them better, so I know how they would react in different situations,” he describes.

Here are more of his animal portraits you might want to see:

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You can also visit his website to keep track of his latest shots. Thanks for reading!