These Breathtaking Photographs Of People With Wild Animals Will Leave You Speechless

Savage beauty.

Numinous. Sublime. Ethereal. These are a few of the words that come to mind when we gaze in awe at Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova's portraits with wild animals. 

One of her signature projects, these images take nature photography to new territory, creating a dreamlike, almost mythological amalgam of the bestial and the human simultaneously evoking fear and wonder.

Scroll down to see these astonishing tableau vivants.

NOTE: A professional animal trainer was on site at all times to guarantee the safety of the subjects, and no animals were harmed at any point during the shoots.

You can see more of Katerina Plotnikova's gorgeous work here and on her Facebook page

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All images courtesy of the artist.