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Jumbo Head. 3rd September 1962: A stuffed elephant's head raising its trunk

Jumbo Head. 3rd September 1962: A stuffed elephant's head raising its trunk


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Jumbo Head. 3rd September 1962: A stuffed elephant's head raising its trunk

3rd September 1962: A stuffed elephant's head raising its trunk in the air at Charles Gerrard's north London taxidermy workshop. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

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Euro Format Square Grotesque Stuffed Animal


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In this intriguing and slightly unsettling photograph captured by Chris Ware, we are transported to the taxidermy workshop of Charles Gerrard in north London on the 3rd of September, 1962. The focal point of the image is a square-format print showcasing a grotesque yet captivating sight - the jumbo head of a stuffed elephant proudly raising its trunk into the air. The sheer size and intricate details of this preserved animal's head command attention, leaving viewers both fascinated and perhaps slightly disturbed. Its lifelike appearance evokes conflicting emotions as we contemplate the beauty and sadness that coexist within taxidermy artistry. Ware's composition skillfully captures not only the physicality but also the essence of this peculiar creature. The play between light and shadow adds depth to every wrinkle, crease, and strand of hair meticulously crafted by Gerrard himself. This photograph serves as a testament to Europe's rich history in taxidermy while simultaneously challenging our perceptions about humanity's relationship with animals. It invites us to reflect upon our fascination with preserving life after death, blurring boundaries between natural science, artistry, and even morbidity. As we gaze upon this striking image from Fine Art Storehouse, it becomes evident that Chris Ware has masterfully encapsulated an enigmatic moment frozen in time – one that provokes contemplation about our own existence alongside these ethereal creatures who continue to captivate us long after their passing.

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