“These are stories of possible scenarios in which different living species are modified to better fit our environment as well as to adapt to new human desires.” That’s the idea behind Vincent Fournier’s newest project, Post Natural History. He’s tweaked and modified animals an insects to survive in our modern day world, such as being drought resistant, enhanced senses, psychics, or even used to do remote surgery.
These creatures are coming from the future; an imagined future caught between memory and projection, and based on current synthetic biology research. It is important to me that my stories are based on science, so that they can potentially be true. I like to play with the idea of a true or false archive, like a Jorge Louis Borges novel with several levels of reality. Staging the pictures like encyclopedia entries fills them with confusion. It’s not clear if it’s true, if it’s not true, if it’s serious, or if it’s ludicrous.
It’s an interesting blend of photography, futurescaping, and creative thinking. For a nerd like myself who often likes to daydream of future possibilities I think this is brilliant. Plus the whole thing is so aesthetically pleasing you can’t help but be drawn in to explore the series.
Check out more images from the project below.