About this Project
Birds Eloquent looks at the poetry not only within and of the birds themselves but also their environment and context that is often, though not exclusively, found in the wilder and more natural places that remain in a fragile ecosystem. It is envisioned that the images will be accompanied with texts spanning the history of natural history writing, from the observational and scientific, to move evocative pieces which take you into the world of birds and their environs as only words can. It is the combination of these two elements coming together that gives a sense of what it means to be astounded and in awe of birds.
The project simply grew from a love of being with birds all my life, watching and recording from an early age and accompanying my brothers on bird outings. All the work is carried out in the British Isles, a country offering so much diversity but under so much pressure.
Never chasing, never collecting species, never year lists or life lists, just a love of watching, anticipating and marvelling. Photographically, I came late birds, and firmly believe that a well considered image of a blackbird can be every-bit as engaging and eloquent as an image of a rare warbler, and I would rather, at the end of a days shooting, have an eloquent image of a more common species than a record shot of a rarer one. My main focus is exploring how the medium can help convey a sense of place and the extraordinary habits of birds, giving my audience a sense of my own experiences in the field.
The work continues to develop and more and more I find myself pulling back from the bird and working more with how it is experienced in the field. Time waiting for the ‘right moment’ is time not only invested in the image, but in my well being and this aspect of ‘slowing down’ is becoming central to the work.