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Olga Barantseva

Olga Barantseva, Russian photographer, recently found fame thanks to a photo shoot with two Russian beauties and a 700-kilogram bear called Stepan. It happened in a wintery Russian forest: two girls posing in the arms of a friendly bear. It turns out that Olga has worked not only with bears.
Russian models and animals

Olga Barantseva

Olga tells RBTH about working with other animals: “The Irish wolfhound is a wonderful canine breed, they are gigantic! The hardest thing is trying to hold them in one place. We were shooting in a forest, and they just wanted to play and run around.”
Russian models and animals

Olga Barantseva

“In my photos I want to depict harmony and peaceful coexistence humans with the world.”
Russian models and animals

Olga Barantseva

“In 2012 I did my first photo shoot of a model with a snake, then a raven and an owl...”
Russian models and animals

Olga Barantseva

“I think the bear photo shoot is still the most unusual I’ve done. It was an inexpressible feeling to be near such a massive friendly animal. He was no trouble to work with: a true artist and professional, and he knows and does everything his owner asks.”
Russian models and animals

Olga Barantseva

“Raccoons. They are the most curious beings, especially when they are little. We could hardly keep control of them, even though they were on leads, of course. That was really funny, they are so amusing!”
Russian models and animals

Olga Barantseva

“Besides nature, I like old things a lot, so-called vintage. I also like retro and the world of fantasy.”
Russian models and animals

Olga Barantseva

“It’s all about the beauty and naturalness of the environment, combined with love and understanding… nothing about hunting.” Olga says that foreign media posting her photos were convinced that a series with photo models and a bear was bound to be a protest against killing animals for their fur. That’s not true, says Olga.
Russian models and animals

Olga Barantseva

“The tinker is a very rare and beautiful breed of horse. They are like out of a fairy tale, and the photos are instant magic. There was a strong wind and its mane looked even more chic.”
Russian models and animals

Olga Barantseva

“We are planning to do a shoot with a white peacock, a crocodile, a fox, and another bear… I have lots of plans — the aim is to bring them all to fruition.”
May 20, 2015
Tags: animals, nature

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