Boston born Zack Seckler currently resides in New York. He studied psychology at Syracuse but has since discovered photography.
For this series of birds his vision was to create images as if a child had imagined the. Inspired by the aesthetics of John James Audubon and Henri Rousseau, he created a series of nine illustrative images.
Each photograph is comprised of multiple exposures shot both in and out of the studio; from locations as varied as Hawaii, Japan, Costa Rica and Bermuda. Over the course of two months, seventy-five individual images were selected out of thousands and then combined in post to create the final collection.
Zack said of the first time he saw animals in real life, “When I actually saw the animals in zoos it was nice – but they never lived up to what I saw in my books. Nothing beats imagination right”
You can see more of Zack’s work over on Instagram.
Graham McGeorge was born in Dumfries, Scotland but now lives in America where is he a member of the North American Nature Photography Association
Graham has had his work published in numerous countries around the world, including such publications as National Geographic, NY Times Magazine, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, FOCUS Magazine, Esquire Magazine, along with editor’s recognition from National Geographic online and National Geographic stock photography.
Lucas Bois describes himself as a photographer, cyclist, cook, ukulele player, back-packer and collector of good friends. When he was 12 he found a Prakitca MTL3 and discovered it was a machine capable of capturing lives. Since then photography has become a lively and intriguing element in his life and he graduated from the Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais with a degree in Photography and Media.
Currently residing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this atmospheric series of photographs of birds was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds.
Based in Yerevan, Armenia, Suren Manvelyan’s series of close-ups of the human eye have been featured in many publications worldwide. His latest series of close-ups of animal eyes, including those of birds, is continuing to get huge amounts of coverage.
In parallel to photography, for the past ten years Suren has also enjoyed teaching physics, mathematics, projective geometry and astronomy at the Yerevan Waldorf School. From 1997 to 2011 he served as a scientific researcher at the Institute for Physical Research of National Academy of Sciences.
You can see more of what Suren is up to over on his Facebook page.
Michael Poliza is an award winning photographer based in Hamburg, Germany specialising in wildlife and nature photography.
He travelled to the great lakes of Africa to capture the amazing spectacle of millions of flamingos from above. The lakes are brightly coloured from algae that rises to the surface in calm weather, or rich mineral and salt content, and are renowned for the number of flamingos they support. The pink feathers of the flamingos caused by pigment in their food supply contrast beautifully with the intense blues and greens of the water.
Michael says “Discovering and travelling are my passion. I love to be in nature, away from any sign of civilization. Photography taught me to engage in tranquillity again and to wait patiently for a special moment for days in order to understand the rhythm of the wild.”
Michael has recently opened an online shop where you can buy prints of his work.
After Tamara Staples’ uncle took her to a poultry show twenty years ago she developed a fascination with chickens that led her to begin photographing them in an attempt to capture their beauty and personalities.
Her first book, The Fairest Fowl: Portraits of Championship Chickens, was published in 2001 and her second book of chicken portraits, The Magnificent Chicken: Portraits of the Fairest Fowl, from which the photographs below are taken, was published in the spring of 2013.
Tamara says, “My intent in photographing these birds was to create a portrait. I have great respect for their profound history, the utilitarian aspect of their physiology, and the care and passion that goes into the breeding of each variety.”
Bird Watching, a series of photographs taken by Paula McCartney, explores how nature and fabricated elements can combine to create a scene that questions what is natural.
In densely wooded landscapes Paula has carefully placed craft store songbirds to create an idealised landscape. Paula found when attempting to photograph real birds they would be too far away or moving around too fast so she decided to create the perfect compositions she fantasised about.
Paula says, “The birds act as decoration, making the landscapes more interesting than they are on their own. Rather settling for what nature has to offer, I decided to take control and adorned the trees.”
Bird Watching contrasts well with her previous work Bronx Zoo in which she photographed real birds in manmade landscapes.
Wildlife photographer Roy Hancliff captured these stunning pictures of hummingbirds using a home-made photography set-up in his garden in Canada’s British Columbia.
Roy managed to freeze the hummingbirds, which are famed for their speed and wingbeats of up to 90 times a second by firing five flashes simultaneously at very high speeds. To eliminate the ‘clutter’ of the trees and plants in his garden he paints coloured backgrounds which he places behind the birds’ feeding areas.
Roy Hancliff was born in Oxford, UK and moved to Canada in 2003 which gave him the time to concentrate on his passion for photography.
Roy says, “I chose to concentrate on birds in flight as they have always intrigued me. I wanted to capture the beauty of nature that is not normally visible to the naked eye. Even birds that we consider to be common and uninteresting come into their own element when wings are frozen in mid flight.”
You can find out more about what Roy is up to over on his Facebook page.
These gorgeous images were shot by Mudita Aeron for a Papercut magazine editorial. Mudita is a photographer based in London, UK, specialising in fashion and beauty portraits.
Mudita photographed model Marijn from Milk Management wearing couture gowns inspired by feathers and brightly coloured plumage such as parrots and peacocks, posing with stuffed birds provided by London Taxidermy.
Styling for the shoot was done by Patrice Hall who was assisted by make-up artist Rebecca McMahon using Mac Pro and hairstylist Sky Cripps-Jackson using Kevin Murphy.
Retouching was done by Luka Ukropina and Mudita was assisted by Alex Pullin.
These pigeons were captured in the sunlight of a rainy evening by Sivakumar Kumaresan, a photographer residing in Kolkata, India.
The pigeons regularly visit Sivakumar and he wanted to portray the absence of trees and forests that form birds’ natural habitats and instead show how the pigeons have adapted to live amongst tall buildings in the city.
Aviary created by Sara Angelucci, a Toronto based visual artist working in photography, video and audio, explores a number of themes of the 19th century; an obsession with collections, taxidermy and exotic birds as well as a craze for portrait collection.
The series was made by combining photographs of endangered or extinct North American birds with anonymous Victorian cartes-de-visite portraits. These were small visiting card sized photographs that could be cheaply made in large quantities. The Victorians also had a sense of entitlement over birds and animals which they hunted for sport and captured for entertainment.
The plight of the passenger pigeon, which is featured in the series, is particularly telling. Once the most numerous bird in North America, numbering in the billions, it was wiped out by 1914 through a combination of brutal over-hunting and habitat destruction.
Look closely. What may seem like hyper-realistic paintings are actually hundreds of photographs assembled one at a time to form a single composition.
The photographs were taken by Ysabel LeMay a Quebec born artist currently living and working in Austin, Texas. Using her experience in fine art painting with her technical expertise in photography she invented the unique process which she calls ‘Photo-Fusion’ as a way of exploring the power and divinity of nature.
Ysabel says, “Each branch, each flower, each leaf is photographed and positioned one by one. Every insect, every plant, every bird that I capture with my lens has an individuality that I want to enhance and share with the viewer. I believe it is often in the simple details wherein lies divinity.”
Birds of a Feather will be exhibited at the Hagedorn Foundation Gallery in Atlanta, GA on view from September 18 – November 8, 2014. The Artist Reception will be held on Thursday, October 16th from 6:30 – 10:00 pm with an Artist Talk on Saturday Oct, 18th at 2:00 pm. The show is sponsored by Hahnemühle USA.
These photographs of pigeons were taken by Richard Bailey to celebrate the importance that these birds played in Charles Darwin’s work.
Darwin wanted to prove that all fancy pigeons are descended from the common pigeon which in turn would help with his theories towards ‘Origin Of Species’.
Richard decided to photograph some exotic breeds and at the same time discover if he could come to love the pigeon.
As the project developed the photographs became ‘portraits’ of the birds and they took on an anthropomorphization. Some pigeons looked into the camera with an unflinching gaze testing the viewer in a malevolent manner, whilst others looked on benignly, almost compassionately. The different breeds took on unusual characteristics, some looked a little bit naive, others have a conceit about them, an air of self-importance as they puff up their chests and present themselves to the camera.
The beautiful photographs which show off the pigeons’ abundance of colours are available as limited edition prints and a book is due to be published.
These photos of adorable chicks in hats were taken by Julie Persons, who runs an Etsy shop from an old farm in central Maine, USA. The inspiration for the photos came from Julie’s 7 year old daughter who made tiny hats for the chicks and asked her mum to photograph them.
Because they grow so quickly, the baby chicks are only small for a few days each spring, so the time spent photographing them is brief. Some of the hats are made by Julie and her daughter (who receives receives a percentage of calendar sales as payment for her work) and some of them are vintage Barbie doll hats. Julie also buy hats from artists who craft miniature millinery for dollhouses as these fit perfectly for the chicks.
In a house in a secret location on the outskirts of Johannesburg people and animals, most notably birds, live side by side.
From 2008 to 2013 Roger Ballen, an American born photographer, who has lived in Johannesburg since the 1970s, photographed the inhabitants of the house. The result entitled Asylum of the Birds is haunting, provocative, disturbing and graphic but utterly compelling. They black and white images are richly layered with graffiti, drawings, animals, and found objects and exist in a space between painting, drawing, installation and photography.
To accompany the work Roger made a short film with director Ben Crossman which complements the images by immersing the viewer in an alternative reality.
“We didn’t have a script and none of the shots was rehearsed,” Roger says. “There’s something spontaneous about the film – it feels rough and edgy. We didn’t want it to be smooth and perfect-looking. Ben understood the reality I’ve been trying to create and was able to transform it in the video.”
These beautiful photographs of kingfishers diving for fish were taken by Jacopo Rigotti based in Trento, Italy. In the stunning shots he perfectly captures the bird’s bright plumage and water splashes as they plunge under the surface.
He said, “There are some situations where you can not be comfortable in a shed, aiming to put the subject in focus and looking for a balanced composition; in those situations you do not think about the super sharpness of a lens. At times you have to dive with your head under the water, look at the bottom and see the end result in your head and hope to capture the scene.”
Puffin Eck – windy weather leads to tricky landings for Fair Isle puffins. The comical acrobatics of a colony of cute puffins has been captured by amateur photographer Johan Siggesson on a blustery day-out to the remote Scottish island.
A kingfisher stuns a freshly caught fish against a branch before eating it for it’s supper. Full time GP Kevin Elsby took this photo of the kingfisher after patiently waiting for one to land on a nearby branch next to a stream in Droitwich, Worcestershire, West Midlands.
Beauté Aviaire (Avian Beauty) is a series of conceptual fine art prints, exploring the connection between the aesthetic beauty that visually lies in the delicate luxurious opulence of avian plumage and the sexual femininity of the female form.
They were created by Lee Howell, an award winning photographer from Edinburgh, by digitally manipulating the imagery in post-production, to create a new single piece of artwork, a combination of both bird and beauty, each perfectly complementing the other.
He said, “Unlike 19th century aristocracy who chose to wear whole stuffed birds as hats at the height of the “plume boom” era, I’ve been able to produce this artwork without any birdlife being manhandled or harmed in the process”.
Watches of Switzerland new advertising campaign is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic horror movie The Birds.
In the ads, a sinister swarm of crowing magpies descends on London, attracted by the glittering façade of Watches of Switzerland’s Regent Street showroom and a model wearing one of the world’s most covetable watches. With a touch of mischievous humour, the tagline reads, ‘The world’s most irresistible selection of luxury watches’.
The Book of Eggs featuries photography by John Weinstein from Chicago’s renowned Field Museum. It explores 600 examples at actual size, alongside pattern details, clutch images, breeding range maps, and engravings of all the birds.
This contest is widely regarded as one of the most important bird photography competitions at world level. It aims to encourage and disseminate knowledge about birds, while at the same time inspiring creativity in the art of photography.
The competition’s focus is on photography that is ethical, grounded in the utmost respect for the conservation of birds and their habitats, and without unnecessary digital manipulation.
A massive, partly fossilized egg laid by a now-extinct elephant bird has sold for more than double its estimate at a London auction. It had been valued at £20,000 to £30,000 pre-sale, and was sold to an anonymous buyer over the telephone after about 10 minutes of competitive bidding.
Christie’s auction house said today that the foot-long, nearly nine-inches in diameter egg fetched £66,675 ($101,813).
Christie’s scientific specialist James Hyslop posed for a photograph in which it looked as though his head had been replaced by the giant egg.
Photographer Cesar Pastor Quesada from Alicante, Spain, captured these perfect mirror images of birds flying over the water.
The 43-year-old said, “For 15 years I have been watching all kinds of wildlife in their environment with my camera to capture magical moments. I have photographed wildlife, landscapes, plants around Spain and the world. I always respect the wildlife and environment.
“At the moment, I’m on a high speed project photographing birds in their natural environment. It’s great to capture their natural movements when they are drinking and fishing.”
He added, “It has been a unique experience to see the results of the photographs. The placement of their wings at the time I took the pictures was unexpected and their poses and wing position was fantastic. I always wanted to take the perfect mirror photograph and I was delighted when I was able to do this in this series of pictures.”
At first glance these pictures look like swarms of starlings gathering at dusk. But Parisian photographer Alain Delorme actually created these images from photographs of plastic bags meticulously arranged to replicate flocks of birds.
The work entitled Murmurations is an examination of the problems caused by discarded plastic bags and took a year and a half to complete.
“I have always found plastic bags across my path, no matter where I travelled in the world,” Alain says. “This plastic bag could be anywhere — even hanging on a tree. I thought that it had to fly to land there.”
Like something out a horror movie, these calcified birds are frozen in time, their spirits forever preserved as they perch by a deadly lake.
They were found by photographer Nick Brandt on the shores of Lake Natron in Tanzania. Temperatures in the lake can reach 60°C and the water is alkaline and mineral laden from volcanic ash, accumulated from the Great Rift valley.
Nick said, “I could not help but photograph them,” he says. “No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake.”
Nick has a long association with east Africa, having directed the video for Michael Jackson’s Earth Song there in 1995.
San Francisco based Photographer Sharon Beals captured these stunning images of bird’s nests for her book Nests.
The nest and eggs specimens, collected over the last two centuries, were photographed at The California Academy of Sciences, The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology.
Sharon said, “There are [birds] that build with mud, burrow tunnels, weave hanging pendulous baskets or cups onto branches, stitch leaves, stack sticks, or glue with saliva. Some just make simple scrapes on the ground, or fill cavities with fur and bones, and others that camouflage their nests with lichen, spiderweb, or moss.”
Wild Birds Flying is a project developed by Minneapolis advertising photographer Paul Nelson.
The project was inspired by James Audubon’s illustrations. His portrayal of birds in their natural habitat without the distraction of complex backgrounds strikes a balance that is both beautiful and intimate. The detail in his work is captivating, leaving viewers feeling as if they could almost touch the delicate feathers of the birds.
What strikes most people upon first viewing these photographic images is the surreal quality of a bird frozen in flight. It is something we rarely, if ever, see with songbirds causing us to question the medium used to create these images.
The images are captured using a portable high speed camera rig designed by the photographer specifically for this project.
Sydney based Leila Jeffreys has photographed a series of birds capturing their personalities in almost human-like quality.
She said the portraits were “printed [in] human size so that people will view the animals from their perspective,” and not their own in order to “consider each individual personality,” and fully appreciate their beauty.
There aren’t many places in a desert to offer shelter from the baking sun but that doesn’t stop the sociable weaver bird building enormous nests to house hundreds of birds.
The structures are built around telephone poles in the arid landscape of the South African Kalahari Desert using grass and twigs and can weigh up to one ton.
Cape Town based photographer Dillon Marsh‘s ‘Assimilation’ project shows how the birds make good use of the manmade poles in a landscape with few real trees. He explains, “In the vast barren landscapes of the southern Kalahari, sociable weaver birds assume ownership of the telephone poles that cut across their habitat.
“Their burgeoning nests are at once inertly statuesque and teeming with life. The twigs and grass collected to build these nests combine to give strangely recognisable personalities to the otherwise inanimate poles.”
Polish photographer Marcin Ryczek snapped this once-in-a-lifetime photograph of a man feeding swans and ducks from a snowy river bank in Krakow. The trifecta juxtaposition between black and white, water and snow, and person and animals is utterly brilliant.
These pictures of dead baby albatrosses taken by photographer Chris Jordan on Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands in the Pacific Ocean 2000 miles from the nearest continent, reveal a terrible side-effect of our mass consumption.
The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted ocean.
Chris said, “For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth. Like the albatross, we first-world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirits. Choked to death on our waste, the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here.”
When Bob Croslin asked to take portraits of the feathered tenants at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Florida, the staffers in charge thought he wanted to snap a few pictures of birds through the bars of their cages. That was not what Croslin had in mind. Instead, he planned to photograph injured birds as he might human models, setting up on-location studio at the sanctuary.
Getting birds to pose in front of a backdrop under lights is a challenging task. It was a bit easier in this case because his models were accustomed to being visited by humans. Still, birds will be birds. The injured animals would often get nervous and poop on the backdrop. Or they would simply attack Croslin and the handlers.
But after four months, and many a beak injury, he’d managed to turn even the fiestiest red-tailed hawk into an elegant model. The end result is a collection that highlights each bird’s distinctive personality, just as Croslin might with human subjects.