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Max Ellis poses the squirrels right in his London backyard.

London photographer Max Ellis often photographs body builders.

London photographer Max Ellis often photographs body builders.

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But they’re no match for the buff squirrels he encounters in his own backyard.

But they're no match for the buff squirrels he encounters in his own backyard.

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OK, so Ellis actually does some behind-the-scenes staging to get his Squirrelisimo photos exactly right.

OK, so Ellis actually does some behind-the-scenes staging to get his Squirrelisimo photos exactly right.

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He hangs the props from fishing wire and waits for the right moment, which can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.

He hangs the props from fishing wire and waits for the right moment, which can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.

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“People either think ‘What a saddo,’ or assume it’s Photoshopped,” Ellis, 52, told BuzzFeed News.

"People either think 'What a saddo,' or assume it's Photoshopped," Ellis, 52, told BuzzFeed News.

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Over the past three years, Ellis has periodically staged the sets in his own backyard.

Over the past three years, Ellis has periodically staged the sets in his own backyard.

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It all started when he needed a new idea to keep up his daily photo blog. He turned to the squirrels, willing subjects who visit his house four or five times a day.

Photoshoot day or not, Ellis said always he sets out food for his squirrel friends.

Photoshoot day or not, Ellis said always he sets out food for his squirrel friends.

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“Sometimes I imagine I see a look of slight disappointment when there’s just a pile of sunflower seeds on the table,” he said. “They’re like, ‘Where’s the playground?!’”

In Ellis’ world, the squirrels don’t just lift weights. They also make movies.

In Ellis' world, the squirrels don't just lift weights. They also make movies.

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And play Jenga.

And play Jenga.

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They even pull off impressive feats of magic.

They even pull off impressive feats of magic.

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And fight dinosaurs.

And fight dinosaurs.

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Ellis, who is also a published children’s book author, is working on getting his photo series in print.

Ellis, who is also a published children's book author, is working on getting his photo series in print.

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Squirrels aren’t his only four-legged subjects of choice: Ellis also posts a “stag of the day” photo to Instagram.

The beast of Richmond #maxellisstagoftheday #stagoftheday

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But the squirrels aren’t jealous.

But the squirrels aren't jealous.

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“It’s about time the squirrels got their time in the sun,” he said.

H/T Mashable

Source: buzzfeed.com