Woodland fairytale photographs show harmony between humans and bears

The mesmerising photographs by Russian photographer Olga Barantseva look like they have stepped straight out of a fairytale. Barantseva asked a number of models to pose with a beautiful giant brown bear, to show the natural harmony between humans and bears”. Promoting an anti-hunting campaign the photographer wonderfully captures the way that people and wildlife can coexist.

Amidst the snowy forest backdrop close to Moscow, the photographs portray a softer side to the big predator. Lovingly named Stepan, the bear weighs more than 1,400 pounds and stands at over 7 feet tall, but is fully comfortable around humans. He was raised to be people-friendly after being rescued as a cub from hunters. Each of the photographs is heart-warming, hopefully leading a future free from animal abuse.

Via My Modern Met