I've been working on a series of bird portraits in a more photographic style. That's not to say there isn't a lot of photo-artistry going on behind the scenes, but the results are more like a photograph than a painting. It can be hard to resist putting these beguiling faces into a surrealist scene, but sometimes clean and simple is the way to go. What do you think? Do you prefer naturalistic or quirky?
These three images above were all recently featured in the international photography magazine "AWAKE: Photography." They are all available as limited-edition prints on Elegance Velvet fine art paper, with sales supporting Forest & Bird (tūī) and Zealandia (kākā and kiwi).