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Taxidermists With Their Mounts

06.18.13 Julia Dawidowicz

People who choose to devote their lives to manicuring and preserving creepy animal corpses are fascinating. Photographer Mike McGregor, who grew up surrounded by stuffed animalia and sport-hunting, explores the relationship between taxidermists and their mounts in his photo series Preserveas highlighted by Wired.

While his subjects (all shot in their northeastern U.S. businesses) seem like a pretty sundry group, they all exude a certain intimate, tender protectiveness over their stuffed, glass-eyed babies.