Photographer Honors Dead Animals in Amazing Photoseries

Russian photographer Maria Ionova-Gribina has managed to create a deeply sad and personal photo series “Natura Morta” to honor the dead animals she found during her summer bicycle rides.  The flower beds and photos pay respect to the deceased animals and meditate on the cycle of life and death.

When me and my brother found a dead mole, bird or bug we buried them on the border of a forest. And we decorated the grave with flowers and stones. Probably it was a children’s curiosity, our first studies of mortality,” recalls the photographer in her artist’s statement. “In this project I work with my childhood memories and with the subject of life and death.

The photographs can be viewed on her Website. Here are a few.