About the Book
A book of birds filled with images taken in 2008-2009. From the snowy Himalayan mountains of the Annurpurna sanctuary trek to the hot low lands of Koshi tappu and the jungle of Chitwan. From the Western Isles of Scotland in the Outer Hebrides and the English countryside. I've tried to capture and share the poetry of birds rather than provide a factual account. I've chosen the images that resonate most for me.
I work in the West country of England as a retreat manager for Buddhafield, a collective of Buddhists who hold retreats under canvas in the summer months. I am interested in how meditation and photography can feed into one another and have been exploring photography as a spiritual practice over the past few years, co-leading an annual photography retreat in the Scottish Highlands. I have studied photography and love alternative processes- polaroid lifts and transfers, collaging, double exposures with slide film. Since i started using digital 2 years ago, I have become fairly obsessed with nature photography; specifically birds, and have found all my photographic time taken up in the pursuit of our feathered friends. I am hankering for respite from the computer and for hand printing on water colour paper again. I feel a desire to explore cyanotypes and other processes I'm not so familiar with. I love the scope of photography for all the roads it can take one down.