Birds Have Wings.
One Picture Book #77.
Photographs by Carol E. Richards.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2013. 16 pp., 12 color illustrations and one original print, 5½x7¼".
Having difficulty identifying a particular species of bird through her spotting scope, Carol e. Richards took a photograph through the lens to assist with her research. The resulting picture turned out to be far more than a tool for verification. It had a mood and visual content the artist was drawn to, and led to the creation of a series of beautiful, dream-like vignettes. 'Unlike some photographs of wildlife that are clear and provide answers,' says Richards, 'these soft visuals raise questions. It was a surprising discovery; as I spied on these birds, I could see their charm and individuality. Who knew?'