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Birds - Martin Klimas
The photographs of birds of prey are self-portraits in the broadest sense. As soon as they have taken flight, the birds pass through a light beam sensor, effectively snapping their own pictures. Klimas shows them in a perfect paradox: although these images are captured at the moment of ultimate physical tension, the subjects appear strangely still and lifeless against the stark, grey background. By liberating the birds from the transfiguring natural surroundings to which they are normally confined, Klimas makes a break with our visual habits. When the setting is eliminated, our attention is directed at the birds themselves. Completely detached from any context, they appear larger than life and almost a little surreal.
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