Fifteen-year-old Amelia Forman has had quite an unusual, magical upbringing. As the daughter of well-known National Geographic photographer Robin Schwartz, she has traveled the world and grown up surrounded by exotic animals. Her mum captured her little muse in a series of whimsical photos where we can see Amelia in beautiful locales, cradled in an elephant’s trunk, snuggling up with wild deer in a misty forest, or bottle-feeding a tiger cub. These beautiful photos have now been compiled in a book entitled Amelia & the Animals, and captures both the magic of the moment, as well as the unique bond that can develop between species.
Just like Tippi—the French girl who grew up in Africa—Amelia has shared her childhood with the kinds of animals that most of us will only ever see on the Discovery Channel or National Geographic magazines. “Since I was only three, it seemed sort of normal just to know monkeys and a lot of different animals“, said Amelia on a Kickstarter video, “…until I got older and I realized that wasn’t something that most kids had the opportunity to do.”
Her mum chose Amelia for the photo series book project so she could travel and spend time with her instead of leaving her at home in the USA. The images are highly stylized in Gothic or magical realist scenes, and styled by Amelia herself, as she’s very into fashion. Amelia & the Animals contains images from their 12-year adventure in the animal kingdom, with images that range from the cute and quirky to hauntingly beautiful.
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Photos by Robin Schwartz