In 2018, it was time to accept and embrace a geographical change in my life, which encouraged new ways to express myself photographically. Moving from the city to the suburbs, I suddenly recognized and was captivated by the variety of birds that either migrate through or inhabit my neighborhood.
Granted, this didn't immediately translate into a photographic opportunity. I too am guilty of misconceptions and stereotypical ideologies about birds. I've since learned that our language often reflects our disrespect. An ineffectual politician is a "lame duck". To "lay an egg" is to flub a performance. To be "henpecked" is to be harassed with persistent nagging. "Eating crow" is eating humble pie. The expression "bird brain" used to describe a stupid, foolish or scatterbrained person…need to go any further?
While contemplating about taking on a bird project, I haphazardly ran across the book, The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman. Upon reading the book, it was evident that it was the right, next project. Deriving from this body of work, I have a greater appreciation and respect for this species that is often taken for granted.
As you engage with these images, I encourage you to think differently about birds and the impact they have on our lives; from honoring their mere beauty to the diversity they lend to nature.