17 beautiful pictures of roadkill and other dead things

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

Artist Bobby Neel Adams became famous for his clever photos of aging. His latest series focuses on death.

“In a strange way I think that it is a natural progression of my world view and my place in it,” Adams writes in an email.

The new series, called “Memento Mori,” shows road kill and other dead bugs, plants, and animals in haunting arrangements. One image features a pig head floating underwater with flowers in its mouth. Another is a dead quail surrounded by petals.

The series is showing through October 30 at Smack Mellon gallery in Brooklyn. Adams shared a selection of the images below.


“Pig Bouquet”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Possum”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“American Anahinga Gecko”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Mother Daughter”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Bird Hunter”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Lizard Crest”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Pray”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Grasshoppers”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Emerald beetle”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Coon”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Cat Beetle”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Cat Berry”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Quail”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Bohemian Waxwing”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Javelina Lizard”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”

“Monkey”

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Memento Mori”