Concerto was a Twitter collaboration of photography, art and poetry. It began with a photo that popped up on Twitter; a bird table of starlings taken by Reuben Howes. Reuben invited Chaz E. Arnold to join the collaboration to tweet poetry and Louisa Crispin posted drawings of starlings.
The series was made using burnished graphite powder finished with graphite sticks and created while Louisa listened to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 17; the music heavily influenced the marks and the resulting movement in the finished composition. Mozart kept a pet starling around the time he wrote the concerto and, apparently, if you listen to the music you can hear the starling’s song in the piece.
Louisa said, “A lot of my work is very detailed pencil drawings so it was liberating to work on such a big loose piece! I had been given some graphite powder to experiment with and I’ve always been fascinated by starlings; they are such funny birds, always squabbling, but also very intelligent. Watching a murmuration is amazing!”
You can see more of Louisa’s work over on her website.