In response to the degradation of our natural environment, I have animated my photographs of flora and fauna with bird songs to create idealised worlds where birds have reclaimed their place in the landscape. The animation reflects something of my regard-even awe and love for these creatures. I have been especially fascinated by birds because they are direct descendants of dinosaurs and the fact that they could fly made them doubly unique and appealing as subject matter. Most bird photographers use a very long telephoto lens. I was able to get close enough to use the shorter portrait lens in order to give a sense of intimacy with my subject matter. However, a certain amount of photo manipulation was involved as I photographed birds of the same species from different angles so that I could create a photographic montage. Animation and soundscape were created by internationally award-winning visual effects and post-production studio Heckler.
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