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Artists of Domestic Animal Photography: Arkus83

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 12, 2016, 8:00 AM
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Hello and welcome to an interview series that will introduce the artists of our monthly themed categories at AnimalsPlantsNature group! August is Domestic Animal month and so we're excited to be bringing you an interview with a well-known Domestic Animals photographer to get a closer look at her artwork and her thoughts behind the pieces she submits to the DeviantArt community... Arkus83!

Introducing Arkus83


Luciole by Arkus83




Thank you for agreeing to do this interview, first we would love to know more about you!

:iconarkus83:
My name is Julia I am living in Toulon (France), and am 24 years old. I have always loved animals and nature.  I got a compact camera when I was young, the first subjects I took pictures of were the human eye, macro nature and.... of course my cats! We had a garden and I loved using natural light in my photos.  Animals are so interesting and domestic animals know how to get our attention; there is something about the way that they look at us and even their positions sometimes that make them wonderful subjects. Discovering photography was a perfect outlet for my creativity, I really wanted to capture something I love and highlight it.  I wanted to be able to show others their soul with pictures, their emotions, and actions, but most of all my love for them....
 

Cunegonde by Arkus83

Now, looking through your gallery there are so many different categories that your photography falls under, so for this interview I would like for you to focus on your work with Domesticated Animals. What got you started in photographing Domesticated Animals?

:iconarkus83:
Thank you so much for your kind words. Indeed, I'm a part of a cats shelter where I live, I'm a foster family and especially love to care for stray babies ( to feed with a nursing bottle ) but sometimes adult cats need me too ( often in winter ). It's really important to spay your pets, with sterilization we can better control the population of these beautiful animals and help bring an end to their misery in cities as well as other environments in which they cannot thrive on their own. I 'm trying to help bring more attention to their plight and help incorage people to adopt these sweet precious animals with my images.
 


I notice most of your Domestic work is of rescued cats, first I would like to say that is so sweet, also the way you photograph them is beautifully executed. We would love for you to walk us through your typical photo shoot, in particular the one where you captured this adorable little creature.
Arwen by Arkus83

:iconarkus83:
For the Arwen picture, I put her on my bed, in the afternoon when the sun was soft but still there. I pet her, and played with her, once she became tired out, I took the picture! My best advice is to pet cats first, play with them (with my favorite toy the duster,  I love using it to guide their eyes) and once they are comfortable I start to take pictures, always using  good natural light in front of a big window. Sometimes I move the cat toy just in front of it to catch them with the best luminosity and brighness in their eyes.



When strolling through your gallery I admit it seems that you have the ability to talk to animals and get them to do your will for the camera. How difficult is it to work with cats? Everyone knows they are one of the most finicky creatures in the Animal kingdom, but you manage to give us a look into their very souls.

:iconarkus83:
Everybody says it's hard to take good pictures of cats. I think it's a "feeling" in some ways. We have to "think like a cat".  Be patient, play with them and you will realize that they can be naturally photogenic. It's also important to let them get used to the camera noise prior to your shoot, so that you don't spook them.
 


Could you please enlighten us on what camera settings you use to capture such beautiful close ups? In particular this one.
Guzy by Arkus83

:iconarkus83:
I'm currently using a Pentax K5-II and a Pentax 100mm macro camera. Light is the most important part of a good picture. I find that with my macro lens, I get the result I want: close up, details which can show us a proximity, and complicity with the subject. I try to not get over 200 ISO ( max 400 ). It's much easier to work with a darker picture than one with too much light.


I took the liberty of exploring your work outside of DeviantArt and must admit I love when you pair animals with people and the intimate settings you create. How does adding the human element change your perspective when creating such lovely portraits?

:iconarkus83:
I rarely actually take photographs with human subjects, and find that I'm more comfortable with human portraits when there is at least one animal involved! I don't really enjoy taking human photographs, I don't have the same "love" for it, it's just not my thing. But when humans are with animals, I can show them how important animals are to us and am able to capture that love. The love they can bring to us with no "make up", with no words, just by their presence they can bring us joy. I try to guide the human subject as if they were myself and the way I would interact with the animals. Finally, in all my photography my goal is to highlight the animal after all.


Sweet Kitty by Arkus83



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Blanche by Arkus83
Cajou by Arkus83Pink Parrot by Arkus83samba by Arkus83
Play. by Arkus83Nuna by Arkus83Aquarelle by Arkus83
Stardust by Arkus83

Thank you so much Arkus83 for your time and advise.

If you would like to find out more about Arkus83 you can find her on the following sites:
ArkUs, Pintrest, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr

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:iconstemmybotanist:
StemmyBotanist Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh Arkus83, I've always enjoyed your work. :love: It was great learning more about you! It's awesome that you work with the shelter cats. [: They need a lot love.
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Arkus83 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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Amarantheans Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, shelter animals of all kinds need our love! I wish there were fewer breeders out in the world so that the ones in the shelters could find love easier. 
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StemmyBotanist Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, especially the really sketchy breeders. :/
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Amarantheans Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that is the case with the breeders that most Pet Shoppes use. We bought 2 from them and both of them had hereditary illnesses. 
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StemmyBotanist Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, that's really sad. :(
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Amarantheans Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
IKR! Hate pet stores.
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Arkus83 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much !! Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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:iconamarantheans:
Amarantheans Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It turned out wonderfully, I was really worried that I would change your meanings when editing the text but I think that we worked quite well together to create an awesome interview! I hope it brings much more attention to the plight of the homeless cats around the world :huggle:
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Arkus83 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank YOU !! 
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:iconamarantheans:
Amarantheans Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It was my pleasure :huggle:
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:iconor-else-what:
Or-else-what Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Student Photographer
wow! lovely interview
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:iconamarantheans:
Amarantheans Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Arkus83 was so sweet doing it :D
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lucytherescuedcat Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful feature! One of my favorite artist's:hug:
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:iconamarantheans:
Amarantheans Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, she is quite talented! :D
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:iconlucytherescuedcat:
lucytherescuedcat Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed she is! :hug:
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:iconhawkwing22:
hawkwing22 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Student Photographer
Excellent interview! Very inspiring :) Thanks Arkus83!
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:iconamarantheans:
Amarantheans Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:la: She is awesome!
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:iconhawkwing22:
hawkwing22 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Student Photographer
^^ Fact.
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JenFruzz Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
A wonderful interview! Thank you, Arkus83, for sharing your thoughts with us :eager:
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:iconamarantheans:
Amarantheans Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:
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Arkus83 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Professional Photographer
Heart Heart 
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