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Nature is more often presented as fresh, vibrant and full of life; the Histoires Naturelles (Natural History) photo series turns away from this popular perception in order to provide another perspective that is much more gloomy and Gothic. Despite the pale grey backdrop, which is brought about by a wall and cloudy sky, each still has a dark undertone that is as somber as the protagonist’s black velvet dress.

The Histoires Naturelles photo series was shot by Juliette Bates, a photographer living and working in Paris, France. It juxtaposes majestic landscape captures that are large in scope with closeups of still life that revolves around skulls, insects, fish and birds. These creatures are portrayed as desperately trapped. With recurring themes of death and mortality, the series also hints at immortality.