The Dead Bird Elegy

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Most of us have our own ways of avoiding the idea of death, if not the actual event itself. But we also have ways of confronting death, usually in a sideways way, like Zombie movies or estate planning. Then there are the traditional Buddhist methods, such as meditating on the uncertainty of the time of death or hanging out with fresh corpses in a charnel ground.

Me, I take photographs of dead birds. Not just any dead birds, but ones that been dead for a while and have nearly dissolved back into the landscape. The photos are more suggestive of decay and silence than flight or song. It’s the edge between death and disembodiment that I’m after - when something ceases to be a thing at all and disappears completely.

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