Wings in Time
Digital Art Collection
Welcome to “Wings in Time” — my latest digital art collection!
This project has been thoroughly enjoyable for me during a time when my limited mobility has found me doing an extensive amount of sitting around. During this time, I have rediscovered my love of birds and birdwatching; in particular, their behaviours and capturing those special moments that are unique to each species.
By compositing many images into a single digital art piece, I hope to convey the spirit of a bird in action – something usually conveyed only in video – while at the same time retaining the artistic nature of a still image.
My inspiration for this collection comes from poetry and music.
Some writers are able to take ordinary words and combine them to create meaningful and lyrical poetry. Musicians have seemingly endless ways to combine sounds to create melodies and rhythms that can bring us to tears or bring us to dance.
Inspired by those writers and musicians, this collection is my attempt to combine single images to create visual poems that capture the spirit of a bird.
These tiny slices of time reveal details that we cannot see with the naked eye because they happen so quickly. Using high speed photography, I capture many frames of a bird in motion and then composite those into a single image to convey the essence of the bird: what it must feel like for a killdeer to come in for a fast landing, for a heron to gently touch down on a precise spot, or for a bald eagle to swim.
More than a single note, more than a single word, they have a rhythm that creates an experience. At least, that is my hope!
If there is a trick to capturing images like these, it is not in the making of the actual photograph. It is in the hours and days spent observing the behaviour of the birds. I have to know when these moments are going to happen so I can be ready with my camera when they do.
Like learning a language simply by listening, in all my time watching I have learned the language of birds. Like the way a heron makes a slight head movement right before it spears a fish, the way geese line up before take off, or the way a kingfisher announces his arrival before flying past at lightening speed. I have even learned the alert call of the sparrow – a warning that makes all the little birds leave the sky and take hiding before a hawk flies over.
These are just the first 10 digital art pieces in the collection. I have honestly enjoyed this process so much I don’t think I can stop!