Back to the birds, for whom the Early Birds have a soft spot. Tim Flach ascribes his newest subject to his childhood at the coast of Cornwall (the photographer lives and works in London today). He wants to capture the beauty and wonderment of birds, by portraying them in a series of (studio)portraits, abstract and mid-flight. Flach shows the animals against simple backgrounds, so that we may focus our attention on the minute details and morphological diversity.
The toughest task for the artist appeared to be the choice of the more than ten thousand species of birds, that roam the planet at present. By getting working in in the subject he made some surprising discoveries, such as a distant cousin of the duck that has a unicorn-like horn and a seabird with a handlebar mustache.
He acquainted himself with the rare and endangered shoebill, a stork with a magnificent gray, feather coat and a vaguely ironic stare. The animal spends most of its time remaining unmoving still, spying on a fish. When he spots one, then he grabs and squashes the fish with its heavy and razor sharp beak, that appears to be shaped like a shoe. If you wish to see a shoebill in real life, head on over to Pairi Daiza. There two great, gray chicks crawled out of the egg.
Flach was also intrigued by the Jacobin Kite Pigeon, with their ‘feather arrangements’, full feather colours, that seem to have been made by an exclusive designer. These precious animals that originally hail from India, are because of their most artistic look popular around the globe.
The animals and the compositions leave behind a harrowing impression, also because Flach pays great attention to the quality of the print and the finishing touches of the pictures. He uses Photoshop on most of his images, but limits himself to small changes in color tone and the detailing of interesting areas. The beautiful framing of the pictures is inclusive. Tim Flach’s works are available in two sizes. A small edition, (70 x 55 cm), of which exist 10 prints, and a large edition ( 121 x 97 cm), with a limited print amount of 5. Prices start at € 3700. At an auction at Christie’s one of Tim’s photographs went under the hammer for a whopping £50.000.
Tim Flach has received countless awards, among which an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society and an honorary doctorate at the UAL (Norwich University of the Arts). His pictures have appeared in National Geographic and the Sunday Times and are being exhibited in expositions and galleries around the world.
You are most welcome to come and discover this collection of magnificent photographs in Knokke!