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. I have traveled to the Caribbean, Vietnam, India, Iceland, Canada, Mexico, France and Spain in search of birds. They are not an easy subject to photograph. Rapid and fleeting, they are often difficult to find and easy to lose sight of. I, however, tremendously enjoy this process. 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.