Inspired by her quiet strolls in The Museum of Natural History in Paris, Sarah Moon has captured her discoveries and revelations in a new exhibition, “Alchemies.” The French photographer expresses her vision on various life forms: vegetal, mineral, animal, in such a fleeting manner that these creatures and substances become imaginary. In one hundred photographs, Moon demonstrates the fragile temporality of life.
Most of the photographs were taken at the museum in the summer of 2013. There are some images of live animals, but the exhibition mainly features those that have been taxidermied. In Moon’s photos, no difference between what is dead and what is alive can be discerned. The moment is already bereft of life when Moon enters the scene, yet she immortalises what she sees through photography. She creates an illusion, in order to animate the inanimate. In all her photography, including the fashion photography she is most known for, Moon states that she is like a taxidermist when she photographs because she tries to reinvent what she thinks she saw. As she explains, “I try to work side by side with ghosts, to save the appearance of the forgotten, to create what I have lost…”