Taking pictures of animals is a popular hobby. Just look at the number of nature photographers on flickr.
The problem you face is always how to tackle an overly shot subject in a new way.
Henry Horenstein offers us a unique view of the animal world that eschews the typical portrait shot in favor of images that make animals seem strange and otherworldly, much as they must have done when man first came into contact with them.
Bats claws, elephant feet and zebra skin all become fresh and mysterious in Horenstein’s pictures.
He also captures something of the personality of subjects that I’d never even considered had a personality.
For example, his extraordinary image of an octopus, it’s eye looking at us over a tangle of legs.
His website ‘Animalia’ offers further examples of his talent