09 March 08

The Natural History Museum, London


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.

Martina replied over 15 years ago.

these are so wonderful!

annah replied over 15 years ago.

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.

Eva replied over 15 years ago.

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

lauren replied over 15 years ago.

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

joanna goddard replied over 15 years ago.

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 ;)

Steph replied over 15 years ago.

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

kristina replied over 15 years ago.

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

nyla replied over 15 years ago.

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.


Becky replied over 15 years ago.

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.

kat replied over 15 years ago.

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

lesley replied over 15 years ago.

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

kris atomic replied over 15 years ago.

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.

surfacetoair replied over 15 years ago.

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!!

lesley replied over 15 years ago.

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

Marie-Laure replied over 15 years ago.

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