Creating a space for wildlife to be celebrated and understood
The Natural History Museum's much-loved annual photography exhibition
Wildlife Photographer of the Year was our first exhibition design for the Natural History Museum in London. Showcasing 100 large, back-illuminated photographs for the competition, which is held annually by the museum. Our aim was to create an atmospheric environment for visitors to explore the photographs, but also to comfortably accommodate the record number of visitors that the exhibition attracts to the museum.
Located within one of the original Waterhouse galleries at the museum, we conceived a design of light versus shadow to break up the vast space of the gallery and establish a focused environment for visitors to view the collection. Light-weight architecture and dark fabric scrim form smaller, intimate spaces and provide a backdrop of shifting transparency and opacity to poetically frame the photographic contents on show.