Tim Flach, a London-based photographer, has been taking pictures of exotic animals for around two decades now. He has an unusual goal with his photographs, though. Instead of just taking beautiful pictures of animals, Flach wants to highlight the similarities between these animals and us.

“You know the image isn’t human, but you find yourself wondering about it,” said Flach. “This is a way of catching one’s imagination and introducing certain ideas through the context of a picture.”

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Flach likes to concentrate in the subtle details of the animals. These details, while beautiful, cause the viewers to focus on the incredible similarities between the animals and themselves. Flach told the New York Times that he wants his photos to engage people in debates about our relationship with animals. Flach believes that “how we treat animals is often dependent on how they display characteristics we think are human.”

“If you go to the supermarket today, we’re more used to seeing packaged animals with no feathers and no head,” Mr. Flach said. “That’s us managing livestock, which is a whole agricultural debate.” Instead, Flach beautifully highlights animals how they should be seen. Animals have proven to show emotion, personality, and complex thought. They have, time and time again, proven that they truly aren’t much different than humans.

Animals display loving tendencies towards their young, their family, and their friends.

Photographer Takes Stunningly Simple Photos to Show Human and Animal Similarities

They have proven to be much more intelligent than we ever thought possible.

Photographer Takes Stunningly Simple Photos to Show Human and Animal Similarities

Though we feel like we are above or “better than” animals …

Photographer Takes Stunningly Simple Photos to Show Human and Animal Similarities

… they are incredibly similar to us in many ways.

Photographer Takes Stunningly Simple Photos to Show Human and Animal Similarities

Their emotional capacity is astounding.

Photographer Takes Stunningly Simple Photos to Show Human and Animal Similarities

Even the animals we consider completely different than us have human-like qualities.

Photographer Takes Stunningly Simple Photos to Show Human and Animal Similarities

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If you truly look at the animals around you …

Photographer Takes Stunningly Simple Photos to Show Human and Animal Similarities

… you will find how much you have in common with them …

Photographer Takes Stunningly Simple Photos to Show Human and Animal Similarities

… and how amazing they truly all are.

Photographer Takes Stunningly Simple Photos to Show Human and Animal Similarities

So Green Monsters, after seeing these photos … do you still think we’re really all that different from animals?

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All image source: Tim Flach