We’ve seen many a photo collage in our day, but New York artist Michael Mapes‘ Specimen Boxes are an entirely different creature. To create these unique photo compartments, he dissects various photos of his subjects into many corresponding bits and then mounts those bits on or in different materials — much like what you see in insect collection boxes. Sometimes it’s vials, sometimes it’s push pins, and sometimes it’s gel caps, but it always turns out looking really interesting.

You can find more of his work over at Parlor Gallery or on his website.

Michael Mapes (via Lost At E Minor via Colossal)

Image credits: Photographs by Michael Mapes/Parlor Gallery