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Shell museum to present special photography exhibit

By BMNSM - | May 19, 2021


The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum announced its new exhibition, titled “In Focus: Precision Photography of Extraordinary and Uncommon Shells,” will be on display May 29 through Nov. 28.

Science Director and Curator Dr. José H. Leal has been leading a project for the museum to build a publicly accessible photo archive of its shell collection. The exhibition photographs were taken for the Digital Imaging Project, which was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“Along the way, through superb and highly technical photography, the project has revealed in new ways the incredible beauty and uniqueness of these mysteries of nature,” Executive Director Sam Ankerson said. “Visitors will now have the opportunity to experience this for themselves in person, in large format, adding a new dimension to our appreciation of shells.”

The museum’s collection includes half a million shells from all over the world. It embodies an incredible diversity of nature and beguiling aesthetic beauty. The exhibition, made up of about 60 high-resolution large-scale photographs taken in recent years by the museum, conveys in compelling detail the richness and unique attributes of the universe of shells and mollusks. It features many species unfamiliar to most collectors and enthusiasts.

For more information, visit www.shellmuseum.org or call 239-395-2233.

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is at 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel.