In the autumn of 2008 I encountered large flocks of Red Winged Black Birds in eastern Long Island. Watching the birds feed and fly in unison, I was mesmerized. I felt a visceral connection and thus began my obsession with the subject. Since then I have traveled to India, Vietnam, China, Iceland, Mexico, France, Spain, Canada, and the Caribbean islands in search of migrating birds. I must note that they are not an easy subject to photograph. Rapid and fleeting, birds are often difficult to find and easy to lose sight of. I, however, enjoy the process tremendously. The quiet time I spend alone waiting, listening, and observing is not only an exercise of patience and awareness, but also an opportunity for introspection.
For me, the Aves series has become an ongoing exploration of how we relate to the visual experience emotionally. Images 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.
When I examine my images in solitude, the emotions come flooding in and the visual experience becomes an emotional one.