March 9th, 2008

The Natural History Museum, London


  1. Martina says:

    I think you would like the book I picked up at a sale a while ago – The bedside book of birds – full of little short stories and drawings, all about birds. It’s lovely.


  2. annah says:

    these are so wonderful!


  3. Eva says:

    Amazing pictures! Seeing a dodo always makes me a bit sad. I read in a similar exhibition once, that the last dodo was shot in order for people to be able to stuff it and thus “preserve” it. People are so crazy, sometimes.


  4. Lauren says:

    Oh these photos are fabulous, especially #s 3, 4, and 5. I wish I could visit this museum!


  5. these are so so so beautiful. i love the way you see things.


  6. Steph says:

    These are lovely!
    I’m sure there used to be a bunch of posts related to this on _fab, but I think you should totally do a Kris Atomic Guide to London. You’re always going to the most brilliant places and I bet there would be tons of people who’d love for you to show them your city…myself included ;)


  7. Kristina says:

    I love the fist picture! The colours are so striking.


  8. nyla says:

    that humming bird photo is oddly fantastical (when taken out of the context of this series.) very cool!


  9. Becky says:

    Beautiful. It reminds me of my beloved taxidermy room at Norwich castle. I spend way more time in there than anyone accompanying me is comfortable with. I just love a disembodied claw.



  10. Kat says:

    The stuffed dodos at the Natural History Museum were originally placed outside the toilets in London Zoo. On a recent trip to the Zoo (and by recent, I mean December) I was sad to find out they’d migrated to the Natural History Museum five or six years previously, but I am glad to see they are still inhabiting the area.


  11. lesley says:

    do you mind me asking what lens you shot these with ? they are just gorgeous!


  12. kris atomic says:

    lesley – it’s a canon 50mm 1.4 :) thank you!


  13. surfacetoair says:

    Eva – the last Dodo is exactly that – the last Dodo! It couldn’t exactly reproduce ;) Although, I agree that shooting it for taxidermy purposes is quite sad!
    I love the Natural Hustory Museum and their annual exhibitions. I remember when they had the giant posters out by City Hall late Spring. It was a wonderful setting for a photography exhibition.


  14. lesley says:

    aww, fabulous kris! thats my fave little work horse lens! although i really would like to someday soon bump up to the 50mm 1.2 L :o)

    you shoot canon 30d , right ? can you tell me what are your thought of it thus far ?

    thanks bunches!!


  15. Marie-Laure says:

    Happy to see some are interested by the Dodo LOL
    I’m mauritian and living in France not far from Switzerland and it’s quite funny to see this picture of a DOdo … etc The world= small


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