Photographs by Lukas Felzmann. With contributions by Peter Pfrunder, Gordon H. Orians, Deborah M. Gordon, and Wallace Stevens.
Prestel, Lakewood, 2011. 240 pp., 112 illustrations, 8¼x10½".
“The buzz word is swarm intelligence, which has acquired an unforeseen reality
in the era of Facebook and Twitter. The behavior of a collective without a center has
become a social phenomenon. (.. .) Lukas Felzmann invites us to read the symbol
of birds as aesthetic figures, as a language of the unconscious.”
(Peter Pfrunder in his contribution to the book)
Swarm is an extensive series on the flock movements of migrating birds. His breathtaking
photographs offer a unique view of the beauty but also the complexity and
diversity of shape variations. This aerial ballet has a rhythm of upward explosion and
downward fall to rest. Sometimes the forms would explode, blooming like plants or
fireworks. At other times they seemed more stable, slowly drifting like constellations
of negative stars. Swarm looks up into the sky and follows flight through the dynamic
landscape of air currents.