Specere II #86, from the project Specere II: Fixing the Shadows

By Alexandra Murphy ARPS

Photographed at the Natural History Museum, London, this project explores the dialectical and preservative relationship between the salt print and the taxidermy specimen. The preserved two-dimensional flatness exaggerates the taxidermy specimen’s display frame as a noticeable visual barrier – we cannot look at the specimen without first having to visually negotiate past its recognisable glass construct. We have to consider the detour between the taxidermy specimen and the animal it once was.

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