Museum of Fantastic Specimens
This online collection of creatures is “curated” by Hajime Emoto. The three-story virtual museum consists of nine rooms filled with water and land dwelling monsters, demons, and dragons from all over the globe. Some of the monsters look so incredibly real, it’s hard to believe that they are sculpted from paper, modeling paste and bamboo. Since the virtual museum is written entirely in Japanese, the links below can help guide you through a tour:
- 1st Floor: Room 1, Room 2, Room 3
- 2nd Floor: Room 4, Room 5, Room 6, Room 7
- 3rd Floor: Room 8, Room 9
- Basement: Shop, Cafeteria
Each specimen has a clickable thumbnail that links to additional photos and background information (in Japanese). The basement contains a bookshop and a cafeteria that serves dishes prepared with some of the creatures featured in the museum.
[Link: Museum of Fantastic Specimens]
As documentary photographer, and before that as Fish Pathologist and nature lover, I’m deeply interested on the relationship between human and nature in modern society. In my opinion water is the key of this relationships, so is often the protagonist of my works. “Fish eye” is a conceptual work who investigates over the vision in a transitory situation. These photographs deconstructs visual preconceptions, making us reflect about perception of things from another point of view.Who hears the fishes when they cry?
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