Photographer Sara Porter brings Natural Beauty to wildlife show at Leeds City Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 01 February 2013

Exhibition preview: Natural Beauty, Leeds City Museum, Leeds, until June 30 2013

A photo showing the close up of a black and white horse's eye next to a shade of orange
© Sara Porter
Dubbed a natural history museum with a difference, fine art photographer Sara Porter’s lens on taxidermy, insects, eggs and skulls takes an unorthodox look at the 800,000 objects making up the largest collection under the ownership of the museums service in Leeds.

Many of them are on loan for the first time in years from their purpose-built store, the Leeds Museum Discovery Centre. And in the first part of the Derbyshire artist’s foray through the exotic and wild, seven categories include images of urban wildlife, wild Yorkshire, animals acting unusually and British plants and fungi.

Public response to the opening 24 hours of the show suggests this unusual angle on an acclaimed ancient collection will be one worth returning to during its six-month run. An accompanying wildlife photography competition is giving visitors the chance to feature in the second part of the exhibition.

More pictures:

A photo of a large thin white animal skull reflected on a black surface
© Sara Porter

A photo of a light brown and white fox with orange eye snarling into the camera
© Sara Porter
A close up photo of dozens of teeth within the long white mouth of a wild creature
© Sara Porter
A photo of dozens of tiny insect and animal specimens within a white board framed in brown
© Sara Porter

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