HOW DID IT BEGIN?
GGOTW started as an experimental idea. Through the years of breeding Maine Coons we always tried to present them as the unique cats they are; but we never were completely satisfied with the simple everyday pictures.
As international fine art photographers, we realized we could simply incorporate our photography knowledge and skill - that we use on our serious photography projects - and apply them on our cats. The result was simply breathtaking and captivating, and even we could't believe at first that it was possible since to our knowledge and through our research we have never ever encountered such photos of them taken with our method or equipment. In a world where photography has become extremely common, to create a new idea or a project, is something extremely unique and special.
Our very first photo of this series was "Quad White" and since then the project just deliberately bloomed.
GGOTW is a direct extension of our primary career as photojournalists and fine art photographers; you may find out more about us in this regard here: http://www.leeandchristina.com
As you can imagine, it is very special for us to finally incorporate both of these incredibly important aspects of our lives into one cohesive endeavor!
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF GGOTW ?
Our ultimate idea and goal is to create high quality artistic images that beautifully present a Maine Coon's heritage, based on various folk tales about their origin.
There are so many stories that leave us guessing - for the sake of art and imagination, we hope to create our own little story through our photographs. We hope to make people create their own stories and fantasies in their head, to make them think and not just admire a good looking cat. As photojournalist, we cannot express enough how important it is for us for a picture to tell a story. In addition to that, we found a beautifully way yet again through art and through your support, to donate a profit of our prints to organizations.
WHY DID WE CHOOSE TO DONATE?
We live in a world where things are not easy, and we feel like if we all work together as a team we can make a small difference. We have nothing to lose by trying or by giving. There are so many organizations out there that need help and as a single person it is difficult to collect enough money to donate. This is how the Fine Art Prints idea was born, aside from a very dear friend to us that really believed in it and pushed us to do it.
No matter which project we have done in the past or will do in the future, we have and will always donate to a foundation or organization that is legitimate and ethical. You can read more about the organization we chose to donate to here:
FINE ART PRINTS
To view our Limited Edition Fine Art prints for sale, click here:
WILL THE LIMITED EDITIONS BE CERTIFIED?
Limited Edition prints feature a handwritten signature and edition number on the face of the artwork and a signed Hahnemuehle certificate applied to the back of the paper.
WHAT IS A LIMITED EDITION FINE ART PRINT?
Limited Edition means that there will only ever be a pre-determined number of prints produced of each photograph. Once the edition sells out, there will never be another reprint of that photograph. Limited Editions are custom-made and as such, we are unable to offer returns or exchanges.
IS A FRAME FOR THE PRINTS INCLUDED?
Hahnemuehler Paper will need to be mounted by experienced professionals. We recommend mounting on a completely smooth, high-quality, dimensionally stable substrate.
Please know that if your edition is damaged from handling or during the mounting process, Gentle Giants of the Wild is not liable for the damage or replacement costs. Be sure to use a reputable and insured frame shop to mount or frame your photograph.
We originally wanted to have only Fine Art prints available, but many of GGOTW's fans requested a calendar; so here it is!
Leica S (Typ 007) - Medium Format Digital
Widely regarded as the most coveted photographic brand in the world, we chose the very top camera that Leica produces based on two factors: unparalleled image quality, and an optical aesthetic no other lenses can produce. Sure, there are higher MP cameras out there - and they too will be outstripped in the future. While other manufactures sought only the industry trend of higher and higher resolution (while corresponding sensor sizes are still too small to be practical due to the very nature of light itself), the 37.5MP of the Leica is more than enough for the intended purpose. We truly respect a company that focused on the actual usability of a fully weather sealed and portable medium format system and produced it to exacting standards of the highest quality. This allows us to not be limited in within a mere studio setting, but instead encourages previously impractical or even impossible quality to be brought back from the deepest jungles of the world.
Profoto B1 500W Monolights - Portable Studio Lighting System
We are not traditional studio photographers, in that we prefer our work to be within a real life environment. The locales involved in photojournalism are also inherently diverse. That being said, there are enormous creative opportunities that would be missed if one didn't have their own quality sources of light available at their beck and call. This Profoto ecosystem offers an excellent balance of quality, control, power, and portability to suit this demanding requirement. We can wirelessly control all factors independently for each separate light, directly from the camera's position. Powerful lithium ion batteries allow an incredibly long working time and reliable operation, with no dependance on electricity until it's time to recharge at night. Synchronization works flawlessly via high speed sync with the Nikon system, even more capability is provided by the special central shutter of the Leica system.
BEHIND THE PICTURES
ARE THE MAINE COONS FORCED TO POSE?
It is absolutely natural to worry and wonder if the cats in the pictures are being forced to be right by the waterfall, water, etc. We totally understand, because we would wonder the same. Therefor, for the sake of reassurance that there is no sign of animal abuse, we always take behind the scenes photos and more importantly, videos that document the whole photography session. A cat that would feel stressed or displeasure, would not a) stand still or b) look that confident with tail up, straight ears and relaxed or excited eyes.
WHERE CAN WE FIND THE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS?
You can read our blog posts of our behind the scenes on our cattery website : www.metatroneyes.com/blog . You can find all the photos and videos as well as the story behind every picture there. Of course on our Instagram too, where we will be documenting the behind the scenes through our Instagram Stories.
DO YOU OWN THE MAINE COONS?
Yes. 99% of the Maine Coons in these photographs are ours - either bred by us or owned. However; we might be expanding our project and would welcome inquiries of Maine Coon owners or breeders within the United States of America under certain requirements. Read more here if you're interested:
Feel free to contact us if you're interested in showcasing our GGOTW project in your Gallery.
Feel free to contact us if you're interested in licensing the use of media from GGOTW for commercial purposes.
Feel free to contact us if you're having any troubles ordering your print(s).