Arles is a city and commune in the south of France, in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, of which it is a subprefecture, in the former province of Provence.A large part of the Camargue is located on the territory of the commune, making it the largest commune in Metropolitan France in terms of territory (though Maripasoula, French Guiana, is much larger). The city has a long history, and was of considerable importance in the Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis. The Roman and Romanesque Monuments of Arles were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981. The Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles from 1888 to 1889 and produced over 300 paintings and drawings during his time there. An international photography festival has been held in the city since 1970.
We’ve seen all kinds of interesting animal portraits from dark and moody zoo animals to hilarious pet and owner mash-ups. Often, the creative portraits focus on furry or feathery friends but in this series, artist Łukasz Bożycki has turned his lens towards a new subject: cute little pond-based amphibians.
In his ongoing series of nature photography, the Polish photographer narrows in on lone toads or frogs lazily relaxing in the golden light of the setting sun. To capture these intimate portraits, Bożycki spent a spring evening patiently waiting in icy cold water of a nearby pond until his subjects appeared. Then, using a telephoto lens, Bozycki leaned over to gain an eye-to-eye level, bending down so far that he sometimes dipped his ear into the water.
By focusing his attention on just one or two leathery-skinned creatures, Bożycki created a unique portrayal of the species in their natural environments. He says, „I wanted to find a fresh way of portraying the amphibians at water level.”