Thom Atkinson votive offerings

Assorted Roman Votive Offerings - photo by Thom Atkinson

Thom Atkinson wax head

Wax head - photo by Thom Atkinson

Thom Atkinson tattoos

Preserved Tattoos, 19th century - photo by Thom Atkinson

Thom Atkinson glass eyes

Glass eyes, c1890 - photo by Thom Atkinson

Thom Atkinson decomposition

Wax model of decomposing body, c1780 - photo by Thom Atkinson

Thom Atkinson Darwin walking stick

Charles Darwin's walking stick - photo by Thom Atkinson

The Wellcome Collection if filled with some of the most interesting medical artifacts you will ever see.  Seriously, Henry Wellcome collected some weird objects, just try and picture what an anti-masturbation device looks like for a man—yes it involves spikes.

Photographer Thom Atkinson captured some of the Wellcome Collection artifacts beautifully, pulling them out of the cabinet of curiosity-type environment and showcasing them on stark backgrounds.  Thus, inviting you to take in every detail without being distracted by the fruit containing erotic scenes, what?

View all of Thom’s Wellcome photos on his portfolio site, thomatkinson.com.

 

[spotted by the agency I secretly want to work at, Dentsu London]