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Homage to the Bird

Art / Photobook
By: Greg Oakley(Photographer)
240 pages, 131 colour illustrations
Homage to the Bird
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  • Homage to the Bird ISBN: 9781864709322 Hardback Aug 2022 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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Australian artist Greg Oakley has had a lifelong fascination with birds and bird art, and began photographing birds 20 years ago, progressing from traditional film to digital in the early 2000s. In the past six years, he has worked on perfecting the difficult and exacting area of bird photography known as "setup", where perches and backgrounds are meticulously crafted and designed, and lighting strictly controlled.

There are sometimes hundreds of individual photographs taken and then digitally combined to create a single work. With a combination of photographic skill, field craft, meticulousness and incredible patience, he removes the subject from its natural environment and context, reimagining it in a field-guide style reminiscent of the historic bird artists.

Oakley's photographs represent a reconstructed contemporary vision of important historic artists such as Gould and Audubon. This collection of stunning artwork is a testament to the natural beauty of birds, highlighting the precarious existence of many endangered species, and a reminder of the beauty we could lose. By isolating the subject into an unblemished reality, each species' character and beauty is celebrated with empathy and understanding. The resulting images provide both a rare glimpse in stunning detail of these delicate creatures and a poignant reminder of the tragic, impending loss of many of them due to habitat loss and climate change.

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Biography

Australian artist Greg Oakley has had a lifelong fascination with birds and bird art, beginning with painting intricate illustrations at a young age when studying Art & Design at university. He began photographing birds 20 years ago, progressing from traditional film to digital in the early 2000s. In the past 6 years, he has worked on perfecting the difficult and exacting area of bird photography known as "setup", where perches and backgrounds are meticulously crafted and designed, and lighting strictly controlled.

Art / Photobook
By: Greg Oakley(Photographer)
240 pages, 131 colour illustrations
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"With 240 pages filled with incredible art, the bird lover will enjoy flipping through and taking in the vast distinctions between species in the bird kingdom."
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