Leila Jeffreys’ ‘Birds’ – fascinating large-scale close-up portraits of birds abstracted from their accustomed context to reveal their beauty, complexity and majesty, and to bring into focus the striking and diverse character of Australia’s native wildlife
Leila Jeffreys – Birds
“I thought of them as people. You can’t get a good portrait unless the bird is comfortable, so you talk to them. They don’t speak the same language back, but they look at you intensely, they listen to you. If they’re not so sure, they move away, and if they’re kind of curious they get a bit closer. They might turn their back on you… I want people to form an emotional connection with the work and develop an interest in wildlife.”
Giorgia Valli‘s series ‘Aves Mei‘ – expression of repressed feelings of freedom such as the ones birds experience in their cages.
“This project is a representation of how reality can set limits to imagination, which is in turn something limitless. Each photograph was taken in a section of the Bronx Zoo in NYC called ‘The World of Birds’. Every photo represent a bird’s cage. The idea was then to associate these cages to the different places I used to live around the world, since I was born until today. All these places have been to me sometimes like nests and sometimes like cages. There my ideas ‘grew up’ and my thoughts have been more free or less free, depending on the different characteristics of those places. By adapting myself to those different environments, my creativity struggled with reality to develop.”