Stunning close-up photos of wild animals


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Photographer Michael Patrick O’Leary captures wild animals in a stunning way with his use of angles and light.

O’Leary said, “Animals keep you on your toes. It’s just a dance you have to do with them to try to frame something unique, find that window of light that will silhouette them cleanly.”

O’Leary uses dramatic lights and shadows to create unique, engaging images. The sharp detail is a direct result of his close proximity to the animals. He was granted behind-the-scenes access in order to help the Baltimore, Maryland Zoo with a fundraising event. Several of these images were ultimately used on posters to promote the zoo’s animal art auction, which raised money for zookeeper organization AAZK.


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