Paul Calderwood who is based in Edinburgh created these gorgeous collages using public domain images from bird and natural history books from the late 1800s and early 1900s. He cut them up digitally and composited using Photoshop.
Paul is fascinated by birds and spends a lot of time taking photographs of them in and around Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. He is a member of the RSPB and regularly visits reserves and does what he can to contribute towards conservation.
As he’s learnt more about birds he was amazed to find out about the lengths some birds will go to to furnish their nests with coloured objects and for this series entitled Treasured thought it would be fun to mix colourful elements and species to create a fictional world of birds and ‘treasured’ objects that they might use for decoration. Each bird is depicted with an embellished perch and a hoard of interesting artefacts such as jewels, flowers, seashells and polished stones.