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    Photographer captures eerie animals in black and white

    London based artist Giacomo Brunelli has spent years chronicling animals through his spooky street photography lens.

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    'The Animals' -

    London based photographer Giacomo Brunelli started the photography project "The Animals" in 2005.
    Giacomo Brunelli
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    Brooding birdie -

    In the current age of smartphone photos and digital photography, Brunelli captures these images using an old 35mm film camera to give the pictures a dark and dramatic look.
    Giacomo Brunelli
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    Pouncing like a puma -

    He photographed these images on the streets of London and Italy.
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    Peaceful peacock -

    Brunelli continues to work on projects and capture elegant photos. "I think photography fits my personality," he told TODAY.com.
    Giacomo Brunelli
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    Goose call -

    "It is just the perfect medium to express my feelings and my vision on things," he says of photography. "You change the way you see reality with an object that is scientific and mechanical. It's fascinating."
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    "I grew up in the countryside surrounded by all different types of animals and when I was a child I used to spend time playing with them," Brunelli said.
    Giacomo Brunelli
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    Hopeful hog -

    "I think that is why I push the lens often to its closest point of focus, almost touching the subject and forcing flight or fight from the animal," he says of how his comfort around animals affects his images, "which is when I then record its reaction."
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    Cryptic cat -

    His moody photographs of animals have been exhibited around the world.
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    Lonely pony -

    He refers to his images as street photography of animals, a technique in which an artist captures candid shots without interacting with his subjects.
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    Whimsical squirrel -

    "The Animals" has since been turned into a book and has had multiple exhibitions.

    Click through this slideshow for more from his collection of spooky photos.
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    Glaring goose

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    Frolicking frog

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    All Hallows' Eve

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    Peering owl

    Giacomo Brunelli
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    Howling hound

    Giacomo Brunelli
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    Elegant equines

    Giacomo Brunelli
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    Dirty dog

    Giacomo Brunelli
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    Goose stroll

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    Slithering serpent

    Giacomo Brunelli
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    Take flight

    Giacomo Brunelli