Barcelona photographer and artist Yago Partal has a vision. A vision of animals wearing clothes. Partal treats the concept with wisdom, elegance, and attention to detail so that each zoo portrait he creates is its own work of art. These His head-on photographs of animals dressed up in human clothing are by turns hilarious, fascinating and eerie. View a slideshow of the Zoo Portraits series on Huffington Post.
We talked with Partal to learn more about how he came up the idea. Our Q & A with Yago Partal:
Q. Where did you get the idea for your Zoo Portraits concept?
The idea came up for a marketing campaign for a photographic services site. The idea was to show the services they offered using animals portrayed as humans.
Q. Tell us about the process in creating these images. How do you decide what type of outfit goes with what type of animal? Do some seem inherently feminine or masculine to you?
I always do the animal first and then I start looking for outfits online, until I find something that fits its personality and I adapt it. I would like to have more female animals, but it is difficult because it is not so easy to tell the gender of an animal as it is with people.
For example, a sheep: you only see from the shoulders up, there is no make up, no earrings, no long hair, so it is difficult for the one who watches to see it as a woman, unless we are talking about an animal that is very feminine itself.
Q. What’s your favorite story or movie that anthropomorphizes animals?
Some cartoon TV shows left a big imprint on my childhood. That is where all this comes from. Shows like “Monarch: The Big Bear of Tallac”, “Dragon Ball”, “Dr. Slump”, “Maple Town”, “Alfred J. Kwak”, “Yogi Bear”, “Maya the Honey Bee”, “Willy Fog”, “Looney Tunes”, “Calimero”, “Sherlock Holmes of Miyazaki” or “Bannertail: The Story of Gray Squirrel”, among others.
Q. If you were an animal, what kind would you be?
I would be an moose. I find it an amazing animal.