The Art of Birds, Revealed Through an Altered Reality


“The Art of Birds, Revealed through an Altered Reality” by Becky Harlan (for National Geographic) is definitely for the bird lovers out there. The birds in the photograph above, Roseate Spoonbills, were photographed at St. Augustine’s Farm in Florida, while the background was shot in Hanalei Bay, Kauai. Harlan explores the work of artist Cheryl Medow, who photographs birds around the world—such as Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Los Angeles, New Mexico, the Galápagos, Costa Rica, and Brazil—and creates composite images using a variety of landscapes from around the globe, producing novels effects and reactions.

Hagan writes, “These are real birds, photographed in the wild. They are also pictured in real landscapes. And both parts of the images are photographed by Medow. But they weren’t captured at the same time and often not in the same place.” The artist—who says that she draws inspiration from the Hudson River School painters—places the birds into environments that creating different scenarios, putting the subjects anywhere and at any scale.

Many of the birds shown in the photo gallery were taken in the Caribbean (Florida, specifically)—see the cattle egret, white ibis, Great Blue Heron, Reddish Egret, a pair of white egrets—but paired up with landscapes from far and wide, spanning from Montana to the Galápagos Islands.

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