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.