A new series of intimate close up portraits of some of the world’s most unusual primates have once again proved the uncanny resemblance to humans.
The stunning yet striking series of photographs is taking the internet by storm. Part of the project is two proboscis monkeys, one appears to mediate while the other looks deep in thought as it rests its face on its hand in Sabah, Borneo.
Other shots show a black crested macaque giving a toothy smile in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and an adorable snow monkey sticking its tongue out to taste the falling snowflakes in Jigokudani,
The images were taken by photographer Mogens Trolle, 50, from Denmark, as part of his photo series Eye Contact.
The wildlife photographer took the snaps during his one year stay in South Africa and his work is getting all the attention it deserves
Mr. Trolle has included primates from Gabon, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Borneo, Sulawesi, China, Africa, and Japan in his series.
The photographer says that his secret lies in letting the animals relax before snapping them as he finds that they open up to him when their minds are totally relaxed
He said: ‘I was becoming more and more drawn to taking portraits of animals. I wanted to get closer to them, get to know them better, see their eyes and see their personality.
‘Photographing primates was a natural next step.
‘Like us, humans, they communicate a lot with their facial expressions and eyes and I think they are the most expressive animals.
‘I try to capture special looks that show the individuality of each animal. Each species has its own characteristics.’
Mr. Trolle added: ‘Often my photos show expressions that are very similar to human expressions.’