Mark Twain once noted, “Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to”, indicating more than just a lack of fur separates us from our fellow mammals. Swiss photographer Vicky Althaus is known for taking risks to achieve unique scenes for capture, but her newest series offers something even more primal.

tumblr_mw5xdb5a3f1rubx2qo1_1280 tumblr_muoaupTKoo1rubx2qo1_1280 tumblr_muoaleRDK81rubx2qo1_1280 tumblr_mw5x9uyLKD1rubx2qo1_1280 tumblr_muil3arnSr1rubx2qo1_1280 tumblr_mw5xfpkKk81rubx2qo1_1280 tumblr_mw5xgp6PAq1rubx2qo1_1280Going beyond setting the human body in a natural environment, Althaus has set her subject in what appears to be the familiar scene of a natural history museum. This combination, rather than simply pairing a model with live or taxidermied animals in a more natural state, calls into question our ideas of conservation, our relationship to animals, as well as our relationship to our own bodies. Offering very little titillation, the model’s nudity mirrors the animals, though the interaction appears off-putting, enhanced by the dimly lit room and drab staging. Perhaps the most interesting observation is that the nude model, merely stopping in and solely as a visitor, appears as unnatural as the stuffed animals that are meant to portray some example of our natural world. (via juxtapoz)

Vicky Althaus’ Nude Photos In Natural History Museums appeared first on Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design.