Australian artist Greg Oakley has had a lifelong fascination with birds and bird art, beginning with painting intricate illustrations at a young age when studying Art & Design at university.
He began photographing birds 15 years ago, progressing from traditional film to digital in the early 2000’s. In the past 6 years, he has worked on perfecting the difficult and exacting area of bird photography known as “setup”, where perches and backgrounds are meticulously crafted and designed, and lighting controlled.
Oakley’s current style is a celebration of the historic bird illustrators of the mid 19th century, especially John & Elizabeth Gould and legendary American artist, John James Audubon.
With a combination of photographic skill, field craft, meticulousness and incredible patience, he removes the subject from its natural environment and context, re-imagining it in a field-guide style reminiscent of these artists.
By isolating the subject into an unblemished reality, each species’ character and beauty is celebrated with empathy and understanding.
The resulting images provide a rare glimpse in stunning detail of these delicate creatures not usually seen in our everyday lives.
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