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Incredibly Intricate Mandalas Honoring Dead Animals

Fleur Alston

Fleur Alston

In her series Kit and Caboodle, English artist Fleur Alston creates incredibly intricate collage mandalas, a dead animal at the center of each. The mandala, “a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism that represent[s] the Universe,” serves as a memorial to the animal that the artist has happened upon, and symbolizes balance, a cycle, life, and death.

Intimate Photographs of Tiny Creatures in Human Hands

Tamara Lischka

Tamara Lischka

When I first saw these photographs by Portland artist Tamara Lischka, I wasn’t sure if what I was looking at was real. I wondered how these images were made, how the artist had access to the bodies of these creatures, which looked to me at times human, animal, alien, and even manmade or sculptural, perfectly formed and packed with detail.

Exploring the Complex Relationship Between Humans and Animals

Jayanti Seiler

Jayanti Seiler

I distinctly remember seeing Florida artist Jayanti Seiler’s series, Of One and The Other, and thinking it was one of the most striking, poignant, beautiful photographic projects I’d seen in a long time. The images of people in a variety of settings interacting with and often embracing animals, living and dead, nearly brought me to tears; they are such moving photos of moments that feel authentic and heartfelt, fraught with the complex emotions of the relationships humans share with animals today.

Adventures of Taxidermy Animals by Lynn Savarese

Lynn Savarese

Lynn Savarese

The first body of work by New York photographer Lynn Savarese that I saw was My Still Life Aviary, a collection of taxidermy birds photographed in a traditional still life manner. But it was Savarese’s unique, imaginative series The Death and Life Adventures of Rat and Indigo Bunting that kept me on her portfolio website, trying to make sense of the scenes in which the mounts of a rat, birds, dogs, squirrels, and other animals found themselves.

Amusing Moments Captured at the County Fair

Dan Nelken

Dan Nelken

The photographs in New York-based Dan Nelken’s Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits are genuine, natural, and human. Although it’s perhaps not as popular a destination as in the past, there is an undeniable draw to the county fair, to the animals and their people one can observe there.

The Embryonic Life of Ducks Revealed in Dramatic Photographs

Alice Grace Woosey

Alice Grace Woosey

These dramatic and captivating photographs of ducklings developing in and hatching from eggs are made by Alice Grace Woosey, based in Kent, England. The images in Woosey’s the series Imprint document embryonic life from conception to emergence, the luscious black of the background and glowing warm hues and bright whites of the embryo and egg creating a seductive contrast.

Wild in the City: Unsettling Photos Show Zoo Animals in Urban Environments

Pàtric Marín

Pàtric Marín

Spanish artist Pàtric Marín’s composite photographs depict exotic animals in dingy urban environments. The images in The Rough Skin of the Elephant suggest a future of “habitat fragmentation” and a world in which wildlife habitats have been transformed in order to make such places more comfortable and livable for humans.

‘Failed Dioramas’ Show Museum Taxidermy Situated Amongst Common Objects

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Berlin-based photographer Louis De Belle’s series Failed Dioramas depicts not quite the inside of a cabinet of curiosities, but the vast amount of its items not yet neatly arranged and presented for public viewing. Like Klaus Pichler’s Skeletons in the Closet, De Belle’s pictures show the behind-the-scenes of a natural history collection—taxidermy in work areas, under sheets, mixed up in the shuffle.

Rescued Magpie Becomes Part of a Photographer’s Family

Cameron Bloom

Cameron Bloom

Cameron Bloom

The Instagram account @penguinthemagpie by Sydney-based photographer Cameron Bloom chronicles the adventures of a bird rescued as a baby by Bloom’s son and raised by the family. Penguin the magpie is free to fly and sleeps outside, but often sneaks back into the Blooms’ home through an open door or window.

Haunting Images of Burned Animal Mounts Photographed After the Fire in Deyrolle Taxidermy in Paris

Marc Dantan

Marc Dantan

Immortals, a series by French photographer Marc Dantan, depicts the charred mounts at Deyrolle Taxidermy in Paris after a devastating fire in 2008. Haunting and sorrowful, the images document the damaged taxidermy in its home, the beautiful 18th-century building, as well as another kind of death for the animals preserved.

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