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Animal Visions: Photomontages That Examine the Relationship Between Humans and Animals

By Hanssie on July 22nd 2014

The human-animal bond dates way back to the time of the hunter and gatherer and is intrinsic. Cavemen drew pictures on their walls of animals, pictures of their hunts and some animals were even worshipped as deities. Though now some animals have become domesticated, there is still a strong connection from humans to animals of the wild. Thousands of people visit zoos, animal parks and go on safaris just to observe these animals with fascination and awe. People are outraged to see these animals endangered and there are hundreds of groups devoted to conserve the majestic animals of the wild.

Photographer Tom Chambers seeks to explore this bond  between man and beast with his photomontage series, “Animal Visions.” Tom was raised on a farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and always held a fascination for all kinds of animals – domestic and wild. He uses this series to tell the stories of his “inexplicable connection” with animals.



Using magic realism – inspired by early 20th century writers and artists – where magic elements are blended into a real environment, Tom composites his images to “tell unfinished stories, which initially might seem true and believable, but likely are improbable.

With a background in graphic design, Tom’s photography is fantastical, speaking a narrative of the way he views the world and tickles the viewers imaginations. In this series, Tom seamlessly blends images of animals from various zoos in D.C. and Virginia with romantic countryside villas  and museums in Italy and Virginian landscapes to create these enchanting images.

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Much of Tom Chambers’ work involves animals and you can see many of his other series on his website here.

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CREDITS: All photographs shared by Tom Chambers are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  2. Michael Moe

    great photos!

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  3. Paul Blacklock

    Wow. Very nice concept.

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  4. Phil Bautista

    Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. If you don’t get it, then move along. There’s much more to see out there. But if you do get it, a kind word to the artist is always appreciated. Cool.

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  5. Ian Moss

    Please explain to me, in these montages how there can be any actual relationship between the elements other than the artificial artifice used to create them.

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    • Anna Hansen

      There probably aren’t relationship between these people and these animals in real life but in the photos there are. Maybe the images are derived from the artist’s views about the relationships humans have with animals in a more general sense (rather than these specific moments in the images) and are intended to be symbolic.

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  6. Tyler Friesen

    great set!

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  7. Ian Moss

    Except that there is no relationship between anything here. It looks cool, but to try to create meaning where there clearly is none is a bit pretentious.

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    • Hanssie

      I respectfully disagree. Of course, when you put your work out there, it is open to interpretation. How he chooses to demonstrate his fascination with the animal kingdom may be different than the way you would express it. In my opinion, that doesn’t make it wrong nor pretentious.

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    • Chuck Eggen

      While I agree with you, the photos are still pleasing to the eye. Isn’t that part of taking photographs?

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    Really cool

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