Bob Croslin’s Bird Series- 10.03.12
The latest from London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw.
The photographs that make up this bird series from photographer Bob Croslin are striking. With clean black backgrounds and incredibly sharp focus, there are no distractions from the beautiful features of Croslin’s avian subjects. The series captures injured animals from The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in the Gulf Coast of Florida. The sanctuary has been helping injured birds for 40 years and has rehabilitated thousands of individuals and the species range from delicate swallows to the heftier spoonbills and pelicans. I love how the individuals look so composed, almost defiant in their portraits. See some more of our favorite images from the series on the next page!
The project also sounds like an incredible experience for the photographer. Croslin writes in his blog:
“Back in February I started a project making portraits of injured birds at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary. Every Wednesday I would show up and photograph a bird or two never knowing what kind of bird and if I’d even come away with an image. I’d set up lights and a back drop and cross my fingers.”
Being wild and often flighted birds also didn’t make his subjects the easiest models to work with:
“Birds, like humans, don’t like to be in a new environment and would immediately run for the exit. Add a camera and several lights and inevitably we were corralling birds - no easy feat because several of the birds were still flighted. I can’t count how many times I was told by a sanctuary volunteer that there was no way I’d be able to photograph a particular bird - especially the shore birds”
But there’s no doubt the project was a success when one looks at the breathtaking images below!