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. Over the past four years I have closely observed multiple scientific research projects on the east coast of the US., which have provoked my interest in ornithology.
The Aves series, however, is not a scientific investigation. It is an ongoing exploration of how people relate to photography emotionally. Images often represent reality in symbols. Like memories and dreams, they reveal themselves in the physical world, asserting meaning into the mental activities of waking life. Using migratory birds as my subject, I attempt to engage the viewer through self-reflection by evoking memory, facilitating the sensation of feeling, and confronting the awareness of their own state of being. Photographs in this series cannot themselves explain anything. They are an invitation to interior exploration—of emotions, 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.