For six months, Luxembourg-born photographer Patrick Gries entered the Museum of Natural History in Paris to photograph portraits of over 250 skeletons for his series titled Evolution. The resulting fine art photography project presents each of the skeletal frames of various creatures against a black backdrop, elegantly displaying them as brilliant sculptures while simultaneously blurring the lines between science and art.
Gries exhibits his ability to reinterpret scientific subjects like diverse vertebrates as sculptural compositions, repurposing their design beyond education to include an element of appreciation and admiration, like that of a fine work of art. The monochromatic portraits highlight the construction of each animal's skeletal makeup, drawing attention to their respective bone structures and the evolutionary similarities between them.
Evolution is currently a published book with informative passages submitted by scientist and documentarian Dr. Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu to accompany Gries' stunning images.