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Egret, Vol. 68, #1
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are pictures of birds the way they are
supposed to be seen -- in well-rendered and compositionally balanced
landscapes that showcased the birds like the jewels that they are."
by Paula McCartney
Princeton Architectural Press, 2010
At first inspection, this handsomely bound and finely printed volume of
bird portraits taken in the wild comes across as
a personal birding journal, complete with hand-written observation
notes on some three dozen passerine species, from the Northern Cardinal
on the Oregon Coast to the Green-hooded Bandit in Minnesota.
Green-hooded Bandit? There is no such species, and the Northern
Cardinal's range is nowhere near the Oregon Coast. And, looking more
closely, there's something wrong with the birds in these photographs.
They are too perfectly coifed, too perfectly arranged in the
underbrush, and their legs are made of wires!
A sort of conceptual trompe l'oeil, this book imitates the birder's
journal or the field guide in its elegant depictions of nature while
slyly mocking their attempts at verisimilitude.
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