Or how an interest in birds gradually turned into an obsession.
“An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds began with a very simple idea, that I wanted to photograph budgies. I met a great deal of people (mostly men) who were very knowledgeable about their hobby and only too happy to share it with me. Their enthusiasm became infectious so that by simply photographing a species I felt I was adding it to my collection.” – Luke Stephenson.
The British artists series of show birds is the perfect example of when a sensitivity to the individual beauty and personality of the subject matter turns into an aesthetic obsession. Placed in coloured backgrounds, the birds look sweet and absolutely stunning. They are the perfect models you could ever wish to capture on camera!
As the title suggests ‘The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds’ is an ongoing project, with the idea that it will one day be complete. Stephenson plans to release new instalments of photographs every few years.We can hardly wait!
Words: Magali Elali
Photos: Luke Stephenson
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