Fotograf Magazine

Marcus Coates

The Shaman with the Long Lens

The modern perception of the world of other animals and “nature” more generally within the photographic medium is indelibly linked to moments of voyeurism, anthropomorphism, and fetishism. Intimate shots of wild animals captured with telephoto lenses are, to us, part of the myth within which we anthropomorphically identify with their behavior and simultaneously distance ourselves from our animal essence. Marcus Coates is one such keen hunter of bird shots, but he is also a modern shaman, trying to overcome this civilizational state of ours.