|Sparrhawk and house sparrow prey © Patrick Gries|
I spotted photographer Patrick Gries‘ beautiful posed skeletons on the Smithsonian website where the collection is described as “ordinary specimens, stripped of fur and flesh, into art that showcases motion, predation and evolution”.
They really are beautifully striking pieces, fit to adorn any wall.
The racehorse was the one that struck me the most, revealing an incredible relationship between two species that is so easy to overlook on the surface.
The images were taken to accompany Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu’s book Evolution, which you can buy on Amazon, but I feel that Patrick Gries’ images could probably have made a book of their own. It’s definately going on the wish-list, let’s hope the accompanying text lives up to the images.