The most basic way to anthropomorphize something is to stick googly eyes on it. Finnish director/animator Lucas Zanotto has brought this idea to nature photography in a delightful new series he’s calling Having a Face. These otherwise pastoral nature scenes become a silly exercise in characterization.
This fun series is a natural extension of his playful body of work, which frequently involves object-oriented set-based photography with a minimum of post-production. He also created an app called Drawnimal earlier this year, which is perhaps most closely related to this project.
The great thing about these googly-eyed forest creatures is how emotive they are with such a minimum of added elements. Overturned tree roots become a grassy swamp monster. A pile of boulders starts staring at each other, and one looks particularly guilty. Check out the whole series here.