Wolf Ademeit seems to be successful at everything he does. He owns and runs his own thriving advertising agency. He also owns a photo studio. But when it comes to his animal photography, he prefers to be thought of as a hobbyist. A hobbyist? If I were this good at anything, I’d make people call me “Your Highness.”
I find it really interesting that he prefers to shoot zoo animals. Most animal photographers (of the non-domesticated variety)(the animals, not the photographers) focus on animals in the wild. But Ademeit often uses his photos to help raise money for the zoo animals he photographs.
“Rather than focusing on wildlife in their naturally beautiful habitats, Ademeit finds charm and personality in the facial expressions of his subjects alone. Call it ‘animal portraits’, if you wish. More than simply keeping a visual record, the photographer provides an artistic portrayal that is often reserved for human portraiture.” –Vadim Yatsenko, About Wolf Ademeit
In addition to his stunning black & white work, he takes some equally striking color photos, which can be viewed alongside more of his B&W work here. I really, really recommend you take some time and scroll through them.