Photo Series: Wetland Birds in Black and White
Our fascination with wetland birds began while we were working on an exhibition showcasing the beauties of nature on the coast of Charente-Maritime, France.
During this commissioned project, we were pleased to discover the birds that live in reed beds. We photographed aquatic warblers, bluethroats, and many other songbirds that live in wetlands. Our passion for migratory birds and shorebirds was born.
Since then, we have organized several projects in different parts of the world in order to observe, understand and photograph these birds, which depend heavily on the condition of the wetlands in which they live.
Photographing wetland birds is challenging, because we have to take our pictures from floating blinds or from small boats. Sometimes we use blinds set on the banks, but this method is our last resort. We prefer to stay closer to the surface of the water so that we can accurately portray the grace and the habits of these very shy animals. On this trip, we took photos both in black and white and in color. Taking pictures in black and white is artistically challenging, but it allows us to highlight the beauty of these graceful animals. The main difficulty is that the scenery in wetlands is often made up of dense reed beds and damaged trees. In our artistic black-and-white photos, we try to create the most refined, simple scenes possible. We avoid busy environments. We prefer minimalist scenes. For this project, we chose scenes where the animals were alone.
Black and white enables us to emphasize the forms of the birds, the texture of their feathers and the grace with which they fly. We decided not to concentrate on any particular behavior. We will do that in our color photos of wetland birds.