The combination of innovative technology, a creative mind and a world to explore has the ability to create beautiful and truly original creations. And that is exactly what Barcelonian photographer Xavi Bou has recently done.
With a deep passion for birds and their ability to fly freely, he created a set of extremely unique images that perfectly showcase his passion. During an ongoing photographic project that he has named ‘Ornitographies’, he came up with an entirely noninvasive way of capturing birds’ flight patterns using a method that is extremely aesthetically pleasing.
Through a self-mastered variation of chronophotography, he was able to capture the shapes and patterns that are created by a flock of birds in flight. This innovative technique has introduced the ability to see the invisible, creating a single image that shows mesmerising states of past, present and future all in one shot.
Photographer Bou said of his work, “I wished to know what the shape of their flight in the sky would look like if our perception of time was different”.
Bou has always admired and been inspired by birds, since his long and memorable childhood walks through the Llobregat Delta with his grandfather. The Llobregat Delta is one of the world’s most thriving wetlands, which makes it a great location for a flourishing population of different birds. Since his exciting outdoor childhood, his interest in birds has continued to grow, and is now the focus of his professional career.
The name of this latest series of images is derived from the words “bird” and “writing”, which translate in Greek to “Ornis” and “Graphia”, which gave him the title Ornitographies. The title of the image series seems to perfectly demonstrate and describe the images of the patterns of the birds’ flight, almost looking like writing in the sky, left behind by the beautiful flights. He considers his work to be a joining of art and science, and related his images to a type of visual poetry.
More of Bou’s work can be explored here, as well as more information about his other projects, the method he employs, and the different regions that he explores to obtain his photographs.
Jess Murray is a wildlife conservationist and writer who has spent a lot of time working and studying in South Africa. She is now striving to spread awareness about global conservation issues and the truth behind faux conservation facilities throughout the world.