Generally, animals doing human things can be pretty alarming to look at. There is a certain human dalmatian that's still haunting our nightmares, and unfortunately, that's just the beginning of the parade of human-animal vibes the Internet has concocted and put out to the masses. There needs to be a happy medium between cute animal overload and animal photos that ~push the envelope~, but in the mean time, I'm just going to take neither genre seriously and direct my attention to Vincent Lagrange's emotional animal portrait series.
Vincent Lagrange, a photographer from Antwerp, Belgium, is capturing the human side of animals, but we sincerely appreciate that he's doing it in the least creepy way possible. He's taking serious, dignified portraits of animal's human characteristics. So, if you want a snobby portrait of your new cat, Fluffy, to set on the mantel, this is the Instagram for you.
This series is meant to be somber, so try not to LOL too audibly. The entire concept of the "Human Animals" series is inspired by Lagrange's cat, Dweizel, who is unfortunately no longer living. Apparently the hardest part of these shoots was getting the animals to sit still. (Not an overly surprising fact.)
Here are 10 of Lagrange's animal portraits that you need to see:
It seems only appropriate to start with the one who started it all. (Also, I wasn't kidding about the SOMBER vibe.)
Lilly looks like a cross between a youthful pup and an older lady who just wants the kids across the street to SHUT UP. Can someone get her a blanket?
This is the face of a human who just saw a picture of her friends having fun on Facebook at an event she wasn't invited to.
This cozy pup
We are all Charlie.
"B*tch better have my money" - Rihanna and/or this owl
This pretty pooch
If by "human animal" Lagrange meant "dogs with posture that's better than mine"...
This sleepy dog
Me at 4:30 p.m. doing my best "over it" face.
This zen canine
Buddha Dog: The New Face Of Relaxation in 2015.
I don't know what this snake's deal is because I don't speak Parseltongue.
This smug critter
All hail, King of the Wicker Chair.