In the autumn of 2007 I encountered large flocks of Black Birds in eastern Long Island. Watching the birds feed and fly in unison, I was mesmerized.
This began my obsession with the subject. Since then I have traveled to Vietnam, Mexico, Canada, and Europe to photograph birds. I am in complete awe of these symbolic and mysterious creatures.
Aves is an ongoing series where I explore how people relate to photography emotionally. Using migratory birds as my subject, I focus on turning past events into present reality. By slicing out a moment and freezing it, I create images that become a reminder of time’s continuous dissolve.
Photographs in this series cannot themselves explain anything. They are an invitation to interior exploration—of emotions, of the present, of our own sentimentality and nostalgia.
When I examine my images in solitude, the emotions come flooding in and the visual experience becomes an emotional one.