When he was just 20, photographer David Yarrow was named the Young Scottish Photographer of the Year, and was chosen to cover the World Cup in Mexico. Now 48, his most recognized photos are no longer of major sporting events. Instead, he”s moved on to wilder pursuits, capturing moments in the harshest, most remote corners of the world. His images are sharp and hyperrealistic, yet, at the same time, they have a surreal feel to them.
While the animals photographed in the more controlled scenes are captive creatures…
A wolf will be a wolf and cannot be expected to pose.
In some ways, the photos Yarrow takes in the entirely unpredictable wild seem more manually constructed than the images from his staged photo shoots.
Sometimes, life is just as strange as fiction.
The surreal images Yarrow captures with the captive animals focus as much on the environment as they do on the subjects…
It begins to feel like the animals belong there.
Perhaps it”s the black-and-white film…
That creates a surreal nature, even in the wild.
Yarrow”s documentation of wildlife is reminiscent of the photojournalism pioneer Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Cartier-Bresson was known for capturing that exact moment in time when the physical happenings in the world match the emotions the photograph evokes.
It”s safe to say that Yarrow has mastered this in his own photography.
Even in the staged scenarios.
Each of his images treads the thin line that lies between surreality and hyperreality.
Living in the suburbs or amongst skyscrapers has led us to believe that moments like this are somewhat otherworldly.
But they”re really just everyday moments…
And Yarrow has managed to capture them with intimate clarity.
But even if you”re just in it for the visual spectacle…
Yarrow”s images are sure to hold your attention.
(via My Modern Met)
For more of David Yarrow”s stunning images, head over to his website, where you”ll find a vast array of projects, as well as an opportunity to purchase his prints and books. You can also like him on Facebook as well as follow him on Twitter and Instagram to keep tabs on what kinds of stunning images he”s coming out with next.