In 2011 I made photographs of extinct bird skins held in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I photographed seven bird species (BachmanÕs Warbler, Carolina Parakeet, Dusky Seaside Sparrow, Eskimo Curlew, Heath Hen, Ivory Billed Woodpecker and the Passenger Pigeon) for this project.
I have found great pleasure in reading different accounts, ranging from essays to encyclopedic style entries, about species of extinct birds. The continued existence of these birds in the form of skins, specimens and eggs at museums worldwide, is evidence of our impulse to preserve. I have learned that advances in the science of cloning, have some pondering the startling possibility that extinct creatures might be reborn. Preservation, and the work of writers such as Christopher Cokinos (Hope is the Thing With Feathers) and Errol Fuller (Extinct Birds) give many extinct bird species a chance at another form of life. A life lived through story.
Additional Contributors: Skins provided for photographing by Collections of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science; book includes reproductions of paintings by John James Audubon and Mark Catesby; includes reproductions of habitat maps from Natureserve.
Various papers, 2mm coroplast, book cloth, book board, vintage brown kraft photo envelopes, digital and solid color prints, black ink Paper Stock: various Printing/Reproduction Process: Photographs of birds are digitally printed on an Epson inkjet printer with UltraChrome inks. Text and image pages are solid ink color prints, envelopes are hand printed, labels and spine text laser etched.