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A Travel Photographer Upped His Photo Game By Adding Toy Dinosaurs

The land before time is here and now.

1. Jorge Saenz has been adding toy dinosaurs to his photos, positioned just so to create some truly exotic images.

Jorge Saenz

2. Saenz, a 57-year-old Associated Press photographer who has lived in Paraguay the past 20 years, started his “Dinos” photo project two years ago almost by mistake.

Jorge Saenz

3. He told BuzzFeed how the project came to be.

Two years ago I bought an iPhone, and used it to take street and regular pictures everyday.

Around this time I joined Instagram and had a discovery. I had taken a picture of a dinosaur in my living room, as well as others pictures I uploaded to IG.

Usually I averaged around 50 to 100 likes, but this picture of a dinosaur reached 200 likes very quickly. I immediately questioned where this magic came from, and immediately discovered the answer.

4. Since the initial posting two years ago, Saenz has taken his dinosaurs to various locations throughout Latin America.

Jorge Saenz

5. The dinosaurs, purchased at flea markets, have been photographed in a wide range of landscapes, from a beach at sunset to natural falls.

Jorge Saenz

Jorge Saenz

 

6. He makes it a point to add dialogue for some photos, with the dinos weighing in on the news of the day or comment on daily life.

Jorge Saenz

8. Saenz also tries to keep the dialogue light.

Jorge Saenz

9. He said the project has drastically increased his following on Instagram, and says it’s now part of a parallel project for a book encouraging children to pursue art.

Jorge Saenz

10. Saenz added that he plans to continue the project in earnest, “Nobody can state that in some lonely place of the planet there can’t be some adapted dinosaur, waiting for his moment to appear.”

Jorge Saenz

11. In the meantime, wherever Saenz’s travels take him next, his dinos are sure to follow.

Jorge Saenz

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