Wanderings #21/52a: Vortex Views / The Extraordinary Beauty Of Birds
And while we’re talking about nicely put together books of photography…
Deborah Samuel’s The Extraordinary Beauty Of Birds.
This is a book that focuses on, well, birds but not in a normal nature photography manner – the photographs here are nearer to a fine art project detailed study of, well, the details of birds.
The photographs often involve close ups of the design, pattern and colours of feathers and other features, eggs are seen in some kind of perfectly captured stillness that blends scientific photography documentation and something much more creative or expressive.
I was particularly drawn to the images of nests – the swirl, shape and seeming almost vortex of them. They veer ever so slightly towards the sinister in a way I can’t quite put my finger on.
Well worth a stop, look and see. Just for the sheer beauty of the photographs and also to take in an appreciate a somewhat unique perspective on nature photography.