A photographer in Spain creates stunning photos of birds that, at first glance, don’t look like photos at all. Instead, they look like dynamic sculptures in the sky.
The photo project is titled “Ornitographies.” It’s the work of Xavi Bou, a Catalan photographer, whose goal was to draw attention to the natural beauty that many people take for granted.
“One of the topics that interests me is to make visible that in our near environment, we have more variety of fauna than most people imagine — we just have to pay attention,” Xavi told Insider. “It is not necessary to travel to distant places to enjoy nature.”
To create these images, Xavi takes timed photos from a distance. Thousands of birds combine into complex geometric shapes that appear to be moving. As Xavi says, the birds’ movement turns the sky into a canvas of sorts.
Xavi takes most of his photos in his home region of Catalonia, Spain. Most of the birds are common species that often live close to cities.
He’s been interested in the natural sciences since he was young; he used to go on bird walks with his grandfather as a child. He later went on to study both geology and photography as an adult. His work now combines his loves of nature and art into one.
“The first test was done in May of 2012,” Xavi explained. He began to work more deeply on the project in 2015. “Actually, it’s almost my full time dedication. I keep making new ones, working on the future book, and researching for my future projects.”
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Xavi hopes to inspire people to be “curious” about nature again: “We love
those we know and protect what we love.”