David Wong: The Art of Birds

 

Photo of red-tailed hawk in flight by David WongIn the exhibition, The Art of Birds, David Wong presents photographs of birds not just as beautiful animals in the avian world but as creatures naturally displaying artistic form and function whether in dynamic flight or in posed portraits. Wong shoots his birds in extremely high-frame rates of capture, looking for the minute changes in poses of the head, eyes, wings, and body position which gives the viewer the most artistic view of the bird or birds as they move through space. If Wong captures a beautiful photograph of a bird sitting on a branch, he considers that merely a nice snapshot instead of creating an impactful bird story. The way a particular bird is posed against its background or captured in its movement is as important to a successful bird photograph as are the details and colors of its wings and body. Sometimes Wong photographs his subjects with minimal detail to highlight the bird’s form, suggesting brush strokes in a portrait that a muralist might paint. Other times he considers the artistic relationship of the bird to the background and the composition even more important than the avian subject itself.

 

 

 

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