The Big Picture, Audubon Magazine First-Ever Photo Awards announces its Top 100 winners out of 16,000 photos.
My Raven image wins national recognition!
Birds may surround us all the time and still pass largely unnoticed; it is the photographer’s gift to isolate that moment, to capture that pose or action or scene that we have missed. The artist with a camera creates an instant of heightened reality, making us pause to see what is really there. The winning images showcase bird photography at its very best, inspiring us to go out and see the birds for ourselves...science can give us the 'what' and 'how' of bird conservation, but such artistry give us a resounding series of answers to the question of 'why.'
"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul"
During my recovery from cancer I photographed Sandhill Cranes. They seemed fearless in take-off and flight even when powerful winds threatened. As I spent time with these birds, I began dreaming of flight. In them I was free from the gravity that binds my feet to the ground. The mysterious feeling of floating above the trees and clouds helped me realized I wanted to learn more about birds and their patterns and went on to devote time with them—always with my cameras. As health returned to me, the trauma and fear associated with cancer, receded, and in their place my series of images of birds, Flying Souls, was born.
I have been drawn to migratory species. There are the crossings of continents, the flockings, and seasons of isolation, all revealing behaviors so akin to our own. Life in the air has its complexities! While we associate a bird’s flight with our own freedom, we know only too well the vulnerability involved. In this body of work, I intend to appeal to the sense of chance. Flying Souls is meant to be felt, to be viewed on the intuitive level as it was created in this spirit.
Flying Souls portfolio is dedicated to Nancy White from Seattle.
With her strength and humor she taught me to live life to the fullest.
I know her soul is flying above us with glee.
The photographs in Flying Souls begin in my Diana and Hasselblad cameras. Negatives are processed, scanned and edited in my studio.
Images are printed on Hahnemühle photo rag paper with archival pigment inks.
I believe in giving back to the communities where I photograph.
With every print sale, I donate funds to wetland conservation for migratory birds