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50 Photos of Wild Men and Their Feral Friends

Photo of a model with a golden eagle by Walter Jenkel
Walter Jenkel

Photographer Walter Jenkel captures the beauty of young manhood in the natural world. 

Photographer Walter Jenkel is known for his candid portraits of young men in whimsical situations and dusty locations. Whether he’s shooting a model lounging creekside with a Peregrine Falcon or while sharing a meal with a boa constrictor, the results are always fantastical yet grounded in reality.

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Jenkel was born in Stuttgart, German and currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. He works with several models regularly to capture magical moments in a seemingly dystopian realm. While his professional photography has appeared in magazines and advertisements around the world, it’s his personal work that we find most fascinating.

In this collection of Jenkel’s images, we highlight 50 of our favorite portraits starring wild young men and their feral friends. Although the images may be shocking to some, they are perfect examples of Jenkel’s knack for capturing man and beast in authentic moments of trust.

If you’d like to see more of Jenkel’s work, visit him on Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

1. Grey Peacock-Pheasant

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2. Masked Lapwing

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3. Golden Pheasant

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4. Common Chaffinch

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 Common chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs balearica)

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5. Blue-Winged Teal

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6. Royal Python

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 Royal python (Python regius)

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7. Tawny Owl

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8. Common Moorhen

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9. Common Shelduck

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10. Pied Avocet 

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11. Mandarin Duck

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12. Common Goldeneye

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13. Steppe Eagle

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis orientalis)

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14. Spur-Thighed Tortoise

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 Spur-Thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca ibera)

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15. Common Genet 

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16. Hedge Accentor

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 Hedge Accentor (Prunella modularis mabbotti)

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17. Duck Hawk

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 Duck Hawk (Falco peregrinus anatum)

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18. Cassins’ Peregrine Falcon

19. Cooper’s Hawk

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

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20. European Goldfinch

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis carduelis)

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21. Peregrine x Saker falcon

22. Gyr x Lanner Falcon

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 Gyr x Lanner falcon (Falco rusticolus x biarmicus)

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23. Common Quail 

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 Common quail (Coturnix coturnix coturnix)

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24. Eurasian Siskin

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 Eurasian siskin (Spinus spinus)

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25. Common Buzzard

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 Common buzzard (Buteo buteo hispaniae)

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26. Black-Winged Kite

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 Black-winged kite (Elanus caeruleus caeruleus)

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27. Ladder Snake

©photography by Walter Jenkel 2017 Ladder snake (Rhinechis scalaris)

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28. Green Iguana 

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29. Peale’s Peregrine Falcon

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30. Peale’s Peregrine Falcon

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31. Perez’s Frog

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32. Czech Goshawk

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33. Common Blackbird

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34. Kenyan Sand Boa

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35. Peregrine X American Kestrel

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36. American Kestrel

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37. Bengal Eagle-Owl 

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38. Golden Eagle

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39. Desert Kingsnake

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40. Montpellier Snake

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41. Common Kestrel 

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42. Scottish Peregrine Falcon

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43. Natterjack Toad

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44. Ferret

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45. Siberian Eagle-Owl

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46. Saker Falcon

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47. Turkish Dove

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48. African House Snake 

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49. Common Wood Pigeon

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50. Red Swamp Crayfish

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